Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Make Sure You Have A Photo ID So You Can Vote!
TENNESSEE NOW HAS A LAW THAT SAYS YOU CANNOT VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6TH IN THE ELECTION WITHOUT A PHOTO I-D CARD. A DRIVER'S LICENSE, MILITARY I-D OR OTHER TYPE OF LEGAL I-D WITH YOUR PICTURE ON IT WILL DO, BUT IF YOU DON'T DRIVE OR HAVE A PHOTO I-D, YOU HAVE TO HAVE ONE TO VOTE.
THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1965 GUARANTEED AFRICAN-AMERICANS THE RIGHT TO VOTE. MANY PEOPLE FEEL TENNESSEE'S NEW 2012 LAW NOW MAKES IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR SOME AFRICAN-AMERICANS TO DO THAT. DON'T LET IT KEEP YOU FROM VOTING. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A TENNESSEE DRIVER'S LICENSE OR OTHER I-D WITH YOUR PICTURE ON IT, GET YOUR PHOTO I-D AND CAST YOUR BALLOT ON NOVEMBER 6TH!
INFORMATION IN THE ARTICLE BELOW IS COURTESY THE KINGSPORT TIMES-NEWS.
Driver service center to open on Saturday to issue photo IDs
From staff reports
If folks in the Riverview Community and the surrounding Kingsport area without photo I-Ds need to get a Picture Voter I-D card in order to cast ballots on November 6th, you can visit the Tennessee Driver Services Center for Sullivan County on the Bristol Highway (correct address: 3769 Highway 11-W, Blountville).
Hours of the center are from 8:30 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. The center is closed on Saturdays. Other driver license services will be going on, so your wait may be a little longer.
If you cannot make it during the week, you can still get a Voter I-D card on Saturday, but the place to get it, is different.
On Saturdays, you will have to go to the Driver's License center in Johnson City. That office is located at 4717 Lake Park Drive, Johnson City, off Boones Creek Road on the north end of town. That center's hours on Saturday ONLY are 8 AM to 4 PM. No other services are available on Saturday, just the Voter I-D card.
To minimize the possibility of wait times during Saturday hours, groups or organizations planning to make a group visit to a driver service center should schedule an appointment by calling Melissa Long at (865) 712-4908 (East Tennessee contact) or Rochelle Bryant at (931) 242-7282 (West Tennessee contact). Your Douglass website has called those numbers and gotten voicemail, so you'll have to leave your name, number, and the time on Saturday when you'd like to schedule an appointment for you or your group.
BEING ABLE TO VOTE FOR THE CANDIDATE OF YOUR CHOICE IS IMPORTANT! If you don't have a driver's license with your picture on it, a military I-D, or some other type of legal picture I-D, make sure to get a picture Voter I-D card, and let your voice be heard in the election.