The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced it will open eight of its driver service centers across the state during the first Saturdays of October and November in order to give people more chances to obtain the proper photo identification before the upcoming state and federal elections.
The driving center designated for this service in Knox County is on 7320 Region Lane in Strawberry Plains. Its hours on those two Saturdays will be from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This location will issue voter photo IDs and convert non-photo driver licenses into proper photo identification. No additional services will be available during these special hours.
The Department of Safety and Homeland Security is encouraging groups and organizations, intending to make a group visit, to schedule an appointment ahead of time to cut down on wait times. To call ahead and schedule a time, contact Melissa Long at 865-712-4908.
According to a new state law, citizens are required to present a federal or state-issued photo ID to cast their ballot. This law also requires the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to issue these type of identification for voting purposes at no charge.
Citizens have only one week left to register to vote for the upcoming presidential and state general election. Monday, Oct. 8 will be the final day to register. Early voting in Tennessee starts Wednesday, Oct. 17. On Monday the Knox County election commission approved its early voting locations and hours.
If you would like more information on this new voter ID law, including what type of identification you will need to take along during election day, voting locations and more general election information visit the Tennessee Department of Safety and Security's website. If you would like to see a sample of this year's ballot, visit the Knox County Election Commission's website.