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Local County Clerk to provide photo IDs to Registered Voters

Johnson County Clerk, Tammie C. Fenner announced today that she has partnered with the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to make more outlets available for registered voters to get photo driver licenses for voting purposes. Under a new state law, starting in 2012 voters will have to show a state or federal issued photo ID to cast a ballot at the polls in Tennessee.
Commissioner Bill Gibbons announced earlier this week that Tammie Fenner is one of 30 county clerks across the state who have agreed to issue photo driver licenses at no charge to registered voters who currently have non-photo driver licenses. Fenner is an existing partner with the Department and currently issues renewal and replacement driver licenses and identification cards to Tennessee residents. Under the new agreement, Fenner will forgo the $4 service fee normally paid to Johnson County for providing this service. Tammie Fenner and the 29 other county clerks have agreed to provide this service starting October 17 and will continue through March 12, 2012 a week after the presidential primary election.
The Secretary of State’s office reports there are approximately 126,000 registered voters who have non-photo driver licenses in Tennessee. Drivers age 60 or older may choose to get a non-photo driver license in Tennessee.
“We very much appreciate Tammie C. Fenner and her willingness to help the voters of Tennessee. This partnership greatly increases the number of locations where registered voters may get photos added to their driver licenses,” Commissioner Gibbons said.
“We are very pleased to offer this service to our citizens,” said Tammie Fenner, Johnson County Clerk.
Of the 30 counties where clerks have agreed to provide this service, 21 are in counties without state Driver Service Centers. Johnson County is one of those counties without a state Driver Service Center. The closest Driver Service Center is in Elizabethton, TN.
Mike Long, Administrator of Elections, would like to thank Tammie Fenner and the County Clerk's Office for helping the voters of Johnson County by complying with this new law. Look for more announcements in the newspaper, radio and at the Town Hall Meeting that will be held November 1, 2011. More details to follow. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call the Johnson County Election Office at 423-727-8592.