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Meeting Change

The DeKalb County Election Commission meeting announced for October 14 has been moved to October 11. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. (Oct. 11, 2022) on the first floor of the DeKalb County Courthouse. An agenda will be published in the near future.

Election Commission Meeting October 11

October 11 @ 5:00 p.m.

AGENDA

Call to Order

Prayer

Minutes: Reading and approval

Reports (Information)

Previous Business— Consider and act on drawing voting Precinct lines

Other Business—

Additional Business –

Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting: November 8, 2021

Adjournment

The Commission has a public comment policy which requires anyone who wishes to address the commission to make a request in person at the election office or via email, fax or phone seven (7) days in advance of the regular meeting. A copy of the policy, which address the code of conduct, is available at the election commission office.

The Commission will conduct business which comes before the commission pursuant to its duties listed in, but not limited to, T.C.A. 2-2-116 and to conduct any other business that may come before the commission at that time.

This meeting was originally set for Oct. 14 but was changed to Oct. 11 during the Sept. meeting of the commission. Notice of the change was posted earlier on this website and on the bulletin board outside the election commission office.

PHOTO I.D. REQUIRED TO VOTE

Under Tennessee law, voters are asked to present a photo ID, meeting the requirements below, whether voting early or on Election Day. There are two exceptions, however, to the new law.

WHAT FORM OF PHOTO ID DO I NEED TO BRING?
Tennessee driver’s license with your photo; or United States Passport; or Department of Safety photo ID; or Photo ID issued by the federal government; or United States Military photo ID; or Gun permit card with your photo.

WHAT FORMS OF ID ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE?
A college photo ID or a photo ID not issued by the federal or Tennessee government.

WHO IS EXEMPT?
Voters who vote absentee by mail (view requirements to vote absentee at http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/bymail.htm) ; voters who are residents in a licensed nursing home or assited living center and who vote at the facility; voters who are hospitalized; voters with a religious objection to being photographed; and voters who are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee.

WHAT IF I DO NOT BRING A PHOTO ID TO THE POLLING PLACE?
If you do not bring a photo ID and you are not exempt (see above exemptions), you must vote a provisional ballot.
You will then have two (2) business days after the election to return to the county election commission office to show a valid photo ID.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A PHOTO ID?
You may obtain a free photo ID from the Tennessee Department of Safety.

For Citizens Without Government-Issued Photo IDs

• Under the new voter ID law, in order to get a photo ID for voting purposes, voters must show the following documentation to a Driver Service Center examiner:

o Proof of being a registered voter (a voter registration card);
o Proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate); and
o Two proofs of Tennessee residency (such as a copy of a utility bill, vehicle registration/title, or bank statement).
• It is very important to bring these documents to the Driver Service Center. Under the law, you cannot be issued a photo ID without each of these required items. (If you do not have a birth certificate, ask to speak to a Driver Service Center manager who will work with you to identify possible other documentation to prove citizenship).

• For a photo ID, each applicant must also sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury stating that he or she does not have a valid government-issued photo ID for voting purposes.

For Citizens With Non-Photo Driver Licenses

• Any citizen who currently holds a non-photo Tennessee driver license may elect to simply get a photo driver license rather than a separate photo ID.
• If a citizen presents a voter registration card, and the citizen is only seeking to obtain a photo on the driver license, there will be no fee for this service.

To help reduce the wait time for voters who need government-issued photo IDs, these citizens will be placed in an “express service” category when entering a Driver Service Center. Please tell the employee greeting customers that you are at the center for a government-issued photo ID for voting purposes.

Remember, please notify your county election commission if your residence changes.