|Driver’s license center will hold special hours Saturday |
|Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012 12:00 pm |
|The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is reminding citizens that it will again open eight of its driver service centers, including one in Weakley County, on Saturday to give citizens another opportunity to obtain photo identification before Election Day. |
A new state law requires citizens to present federal or state-issued photo identification to vote at the polls. The law also requires the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to issue photo IDs for voting purposes at no charge to registered voters who have no other acceptable form of photo identification.
As of Monday, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security had issued 24,468 photo IDs for voting purposes. Most of those (22,686) were conversions from non-photo to photo driver licenses. The department has issued 1,782 original photo IDs.
“I encourage citizens who need photo identification for voting purposes to take advantage of these special hours of service,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. “No other transactions will be handled on Saturday. We will be focusing all resources on providing photo IDs to make sure everyone has the opportunity to get a photo ID before Election Day.”
Citizens may also visit of the state’s 51 driver service centers Monday through Friday during normal business hours to receive a photo ID.
The Weakley County driver service center, located at 8598 Highway 22 in Dresden, is one of the eight locations chosen to open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The center will issue voter photo IDs and convert non-photo driver licenses into photo driver licenses only. No other services will be available during these special hours. The centers were chosen based on the size of the populations they serve and the response from citizens to centers that were opened on Saturdays before the primary election.
Published in The WCP 11.1.12