Early voting in Tennessee’s Presidential primary begins Wednesday, and state officials are trying to remind voters that they’ll need something new this year – a photo ID.
The state department in charge of elections has tried raising awareness of the new voter ID law for months, including town hall meetings in every county. But this will be the first statewide election since the law took effect in January. This week, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett released a pair of public service announcements.
“This law helps verify that the people who are casting ballots are who they claim to be, so if you don’t have a valid ballot ID, please get one.”
Voters without a photo ID can still get one for free through mid-March.
Even with the awareness campaigns and free IDs, opponents say the law will suppress voter turnout. Liberal groups like Tennessee Citizen Action are still collecting signatures in an effort to get the voter ID requirement repealed.
President Barack Obama is the only Democrat on the primary ballot in Tennessee. There are nine names on the Republican side, including all the major candidates and some who’ve dropped out. Election Day is March 6th, Super Tuesday.