The Tennessee General Assembly has made sweeping changes to local election laws that will soon go into effect, including a new requirement that states you must present a valid government photo ID to vote.
The new voting identification law will be enacted Friday. It means, when voting in Tennessee, residents must prove American citizenship and present a valid government photo ID at the polls. College students will not be allowed to use school IDs to vote.
According to Sen. Jim Kyle of Memphis, lawmakers went to task over that item. “Frankly, I think we’re making it harder for young people to vote,” he said. “If you don’t start voting at a certain age, you don’t ever start voting.”
Republicans say the laws protect voting virtues, but Democrats call them voter suppression. Here’s how it will now work:
If you can’t show proper ID, you’ll vote by provisional ballot. Then, you will have four days to get your government-issued ID and present it to the Election Commission.