NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Preparations have been made as thousands of voters in Tennessee are expected to head to the polls to cast their vote Tuesday's election day.
Early voting numbers were down in Davidson County this year, so election officials are spending time preparing for a long and busy election day.
Those voting on Election Day need to bring a state or federal issued identification.
If you vote by mail, are hospitalized, have objection to a photo ID because of religion or you truly cannot afford to purchase the ID or the material to obtain a free federal of state ID, you will not have to present a photo identification to vote.
Voters claiming any of these reasons will have to sign an affidavit affirming the reason they are not showing photo identification is within the state issued guidelines.
Anyone who is registered, but doesn't have a federal or state issued ID can explain their situation to the application clerk.
"That is the first person you will see to show your photo ID. That individual, at that time, will be able to tell that clerk, 'I am declaring,' whatever situation they are in where they would not have to show a photo ID. They would just sign the document and go along with the regular election process," said Joan Nixon with the Davidson County Election Commission.
Voters should keep in mind that if it is ever proven that they lied on the affidavit, the penalty is a Class D felony with at least two years in prison and, or a $5,000 fine.