Voters may no longer use photo identification issued by other states as acceptable forms of identification when voting in person. This change mirrors similar laws in other states, including Indiana. Indiana’s photo ID law has been upheld by the United States Supreme Court. The General Assembly amended Tennessee’s voter photo ID law during its recently concluded legislative session.
The amendment clarified the General Assembly’s original intent in passing the law by explicitly excluding photo IDs issued by counties and municipalities. These changes took effect when the amended law was recently signed by Gov. Bill Haslam.
“The General Assembly continues to enact laws that protect the integrity of the ballot box,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “I am grateful that our legislators continue to seek out policies to ensure that only eligible voters cast their ballots in Tennessee.”