Tenn. giving residents last minute opportunity to get photo IDs

Tenn. giving residents last minute opportunity to get voter photo IDs

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The Driver Services Center in Strawberry Plains was open on Saturday for voters to get a photo ID. The Driver Services Center in Strawberry Plains was open on Saturday for voters to get a photo ID.
"It's very important. I haven't voted in years and years and that's not a good thing but I hadn't. I need this," said Ruppe. "It's very important. I haven't voted in years and years and that's not a good thing but I hadn't. I need this," said Ruppe.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With just three days until election day, the state of Tennessee is doing its best to ensure everyone who wants to vote can.

The new photo ID law in Tennessee, put in place Jan. 1, 2012, requires all voters to present a federal or state-issued photo ID to vote at the polls.

The state gave citizens an extra chance to obtain one, as eight Driver Services Centers held special hours Saturday, specifically to issue photo IDs, including the one in Knox County, located in Strawberry Plains.

Knoxville resident Albert Martin Ruppe stopped in the Knox County office, and he was glad it was open so he could get his photo ID.

He's been without one for quite some time and needs it to be able to vote.

His ID was free today, because the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security provides them for registered voters who have no other acceptable form of photo identification.

Ruppe was in and out the door in less than five minutes.

"It's fairly simple as long as we have documentation. We need a birth certificate with a name and date of birth. Proof that you are a Tennessee resident," said Barbara Truitt, Branch Manager with the Knox County Driver Services Center.

With his picture snapped and brand new photo ID in hand, Ruppe now knows he'll have no roadblocks when he heads to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

"It's very important. I haven't voted in years and years and that's not a good thing but I hadn't. I need this," said Ruppe.

He says he'll be able to have his voice heard.

"Set an example for other people, younger people especially. Let them know we're interested in what's going on," said Ruppe.

Driver Services Centers across East Tennessee will be open Monday, Nov. 5 and actual election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, to issue photo IDs to anyone who still wants one.

For more information the photo ID law, including who is exempt, and what other forms of identification comply with the law, visit http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/photoID.htm.

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