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The core mission of LWVN is to help citizens be informed and engaged citizens so that they can make their opinions known through the ballot box. LWVN advocates for changes in current regulations and policies that serve as barriers to voting or that compromise voting integrity.

Prior to every election for voters in Davidson County, LWVN contacts all candidates. Each of them is given the opportunity to state positions on key policy issues.  These are posted on http://www.VOTE411.org as a tool for the informed voter. Voters can use this non-partisan information to build their own ballots  .

vote12Need to register to vote? On-line voter registration is now available at: https://ovr.govote.tn.gov/.  Return the completed form to your County Election Commission. Applications must be received 30 days prior to Election Day. Forms for Nashville/Davidson County should be sent to:

Davidson County Election Commission

P.O. Box 650

Nashville, TN 37202

 

Residents of other counties can find their local election commission at www.GoVoteTN.com. Registration forms are also available at:

 

* All Tennessee Election Commission offices during regular business hours

* All motor vehicle driver license stations when applying for a driver’s license or photo ID license

* All offices that provide public assistance (e.g. TANF, SNAP)

* Agencies that provide assistance to veterans or those with disabilities

* Offices of county clerks and county registers of deeds

* Post offices and public libraries

 

Davidson County Election Commission  has additional forms for absentee voting, locations and hours for early voting sites, sample ballots, and answers to other Election Day questions. Tennessee citizens living outside of Davidson can contact www.goVoteTN.com for relevant information.

 

 

GoVoteTN is a free mobile app from the Tennessee Secretary of State that gives current information about your individual voter registration status and voting precinct.

My First Vote TN is a part of the League of Women Voters of Nashville’s efforts to centralize information for first-time voters in Tennessee.

 

While youth make up one third of the voting-aged population, they turn out to vote the least of any age group.

 

While there are many barriers in place stifling the youth vote,My First Vote TN is an attempt to give young people the tools necessary to become civically literate and get out and vote!

 

 

For more information and resources, visit: https://myfirstvotetn.org/

PHOTO ID LAWS IN TN

 

All Tennessee voters must present a government-issued photo ID whether voting early or on Election Day at the polls.

 

Acceptable ID Forms (even if expired) includes any federal or Tennessee government issued ID with the individual’s name and photo such as:

 

– Tennessee driver’s license

– Other photo ID issued by the TN Dept of Safety

– U.S. Passport

– Other photo ID issued by Federal or TN government

– U.S. Military photo ID

– Tennessee handgun carry permit with photo

 

If using an expired form of photo ID, first-time voters who register by mail are required to provide a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address.

 

Photo ID for STUDENTS:

All registered voters need to show a valid photo ID when they go to the polls. A student ID from high school or college is NOT acceptable for voting purposes. If individuals do not have a driver’s license or other photo ID issued by Tennessee or the federal government, they can get a TN Identification License with this list of necessary documents at the nearest DMV office and a form that can be used to prove residency.

 

Individuals who cannot afford the $12 fee for the TN Identification License may sign an affidavit that allows them to get a free, non-renewable Voter ID.

 

Unacceptable ID Forms:

 

– College student ID

– Photo ID that was not issued by the federal or Tennessee state government

– County or city-issued photo ID, such as a library card

– Photo ID issued by other states

 

Indigent voters:

Registered voters who are indigent and lack a valid ID, may get a free photo ID to use exclusively for voting by going to a Driver Service Center and filling out an affidavit.

 

Registered voters who are exempt from Tennessee’s photo ID requirement are: 

 

– Absentee voters who vote by mail

– Residents of a licensed nursing home or assisted living center who vote at the facility

– Hospitalized voters

– Voters with a religious objection to being photographed

Whether you are moving across town or across state, voter registration information does not transfer automatically. The Davidson County Election Commission allows a Voter to change a Voter Registration address either in person, by mail, or e-mail. If using e-mail, be sure to attach the document in a scanned format that includes your signature.  If you are moving out of the county, it is necessary to fill out a new registration form and mail it to the Election Commission in your new home county.

For the information that you need to understand the process of electing the U.S. President from campaign laws to primaries to the final vote of the Electoral College, LWVN has it covered. Download “Electing the President: A Guide to the Election Process”

 

LWVN has resources to help voters prepare for Election Day. Through candidate forums, voter registration drives, brochures, YouTube clips, and a speakers’ bureau, our volunteers provide non-partisan information to the public. Contact us for more information.