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NASHVILLE - A new state law requiring Tennessee voters to show photo identification will be put to the test today as voters head to the polls. AARP Tennessee spokeswoman Karin Miller reminds voters and seniors that it's a critical element to making your vote count.

"You need to carry something that has your photo on it: something like a driver's license, or a passport or a photo ID issued by the state or federal government. Please make it easy on yourself when you go to the polls by taking that photo ID with you."

While Tennessee law does not require people over the age of 60 to have a photo on their driver's license, the state's new voter ID law does. Recent figures say that nearly one in five citizens over 65 lacks a current government-issued photo ID. In Tennessee, more than 230,000 seniors do not have a photo ID and 126,000 of those are registered voters.

Miller says that the battle over provisional ballots could take center stage where any election is close and significant numbers of such ballots have been cast.

Voters who fail to show up with proper photo ID will be allowed to cast provisional ballots, but those will only be counted if the voter brings a photo ID to the appropriate election office within two days. Miller warns that provisional ballots may not be counted at all unless the election is close.

The new photo ID law still has some voters confused, but Miller points out where voters can get answers.

"Anyone with any questions or concerns about casting their ballot, if they have identification that qualifies or if they have other concerns or questions about the elections, can call the Secretary of State's office. That number is 877-850-4959."

Young voters are also reminded that university-provided IDs are not considered acceptable proof of identity for students, but are for faculty members. Students should check with the election commission in their respective area if they have questions about valid identification.
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