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County clerk to provide photo IDs for voters

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Scott County Clerk Pat Phillips 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 Gibbon announced earlier this week that Pat Phillips 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.

Mrs. Phillips 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, the clerk's office will forgo the $4 service fee normally paid to Scott County for providing this service. Mrs. Phillips and the 29 other county clerks have agreed to provide this service starting Oct. 15 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 a non-photo driver license in Tennessee. Drivers age 60 or older may choose to get a non-photo driver license in Tennessee.

"We very much appreciate Pat Phillips 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.

Of the 30 counties where clerks have agreed to provide this service, 21 are in counties without state Driver Service Centers. Scott County is one of those counties without a state Driver Service Center.

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