Tennessee adjusts 1st time voter ID rule after court order

Oct 7, 2020

Credit nashville.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee election officials have adjusted the rules for how some first-time voters seeking to vote by mail can provide identifying documents in response to a court ruling.


New instructions come after a federal judge last month blocked a law requiring first-time voters to vote at the polls, or show ID at the local election office to vote absentee.


The secretary of state's website says voters who registered by mail now must submit a copy of their ID when they return their absentee ballot. Options range from a state or federal photo ID to a current utility bill.


Some voters are exempt, including those who registered online.


You can find the latest version of the new absentee ballot rules here, and the new guidelines for exemptions and acceptable ID here.