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Tennessee Polls Open For Presidential, State Elections

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The polls are opening across Tennessee. Voters will cast ballots in the presidential race, for one U.S. Senate seat, nine U.S. House contests, the entire state House and half of the state Senate.

More than 1.4 million Tennessee voters cast ballots during the early voting period, making it the second highest early voting total in Tennessee history, according to election officials.

Davidson and Shelby Counties are two of the 51 jurisdictions in 23 states that will get a visit from the U.S. Department of Justice to monitor the general election. Both districts have been dealing with voter-related controversy.

A state or federally issued photo ID is required to vote. This is the first year for the requirement, which also applied in the March presidential primary and the August state primary.

Those who are allowed to vote without a photo ID must sign an affidavit, stating the reason they're not showing a photo ID with the application clerk.

If it is proven that a person lied on the affidavit, the penalty is a Class D felony with at least two years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

"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 Metro Election Commission.

Here is a list of acceptable ID's for Tennessee voters:

  • Tennessee Driver's License
  • Passport
  • Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
  • Photo ID issued by the federal or any state government,
  • United States Military photo ID
  • State-issued handgun carry permit with your photo
  • Memphis voters can use their photo ID cards issued by the Memphis Public Library.

All of those forms of ID's can be used, even if they are expired.

A reminder to voters is to familiarize yourself with a sample ballot from your district to help move things along at the polls.

Weather should not be a serious factor in voting. Highs in the 50s are predicted statewide. There could be some afternoon showers in Nashville and Chattanooga has a 50 percent rain chance, but heavier rain isn't expected until late in the day and overnight.

Polls across the state close at 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST.

If you have any questions while voting, the State Division of Elections has a hotline available to call at 877-850-4959.

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(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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