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Time is running out to register to vote

Staff Report • Jan 26, 2012 at 9:13 AM

If you aren’t properly registered to vote in Tennessee, now is the time to take care of this important piece of business. The last day to register to vote in the state’s March 6 partisan primaries is Feb. 6.

Tennessee and other Super Tuesday primary states could play a key role in deciding who will be the Republican Party’s nominee for president this year.

“I think there’s a serious and real possibility that Tennessee and the other states that vote on Super Tuesday will be in play,” said John Ryder, a member of the Republican National Committee from Memphis, told The (Nashville) Tennessean earlier this week. “The states that vote on March 6 are diverse, both in geography and size. Tennessee kind of falls in the middle.”

Tennesseans have a number of easy options for registering to vote. One is to fill out a form when you renew your driver’s license. Another is to pick up a form at the public library.

You can also fill out a voter registration form at the Washington County Election Commission office. Tennesseans can register to vote at the county clerk or register of deeds offices, as well as at many state offices. You can also go to www.tn.gov/sos/election/registration.htm to download a voter registration form.

You must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years or older and a resident of the state to qualify to vote.

Tennesseans convicted of felonies are not eligible to vote unless they have had their full citizenship rights properly restored.

And remember, the state General Assembly passed a law last year requiring all Tennesseans to show photo identification when they go to the polls.

For more information on voting registration, call the Washington County Election Commission office at 753-1813.

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