Secretary of State Tre Hargett will join Rep. Tim Wirgau, Henry County Administrator of Elections Darrin Thompson and Paris Mayor Samuel Tharpe for a town hall meeting regarding the state’s new photo identification law for voters.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. May 24 in the meeting room of the Paris Civic Center, 650 Volunteer Drive.
A new law that went into effect Jan. 1 requires voters to show valid photo identification in order to cast ballots in elections.
“It is extremely important that we get the word out to Tennesseans about the requirements of our new photo ID law,” Rep. Wirgau said. “This law will be an important tool in combating voter fraud. Citizens need to be aware of the types of identification that are acceptable under the law – and what they should do if they happen to forget their identification on election day. I hope this forum will clear up any questions Henry County residents might have.”
“We appreciate Secretary of State Hargett coming to Paris,” Mayor Tharpe said. “This is not a forum for partisan debate, but an expression of our community’s desire to ensure that no one fails to exercise their voting rights for lack of knowledge or understanding. We believe the secretary’s appearance will help achieve this goal.”
“I am committed to make sure Tennesseans understand the new photo ID law and how it will affect them,” Secretary Hargett said. “These town hall forums are a great way to get the word out because they provide people with opportunities to meet face-to-face with election officials and get their questions answered.”
Henry County Administrator of Elections Darrin Thompson added: “As administrator of elections of Henry County, I am pleased to see the coordinated effort of both county and state officials to come together regarding the photo ID law. This continued effort to educate the citizens of Henry County regarding this law is vital to the success of its implementation. I would like to thank Sec. Hargett, Rep. Wirgau, Mayor Tharpe and everyone else involved with this effort.”
The new law requires a state or federally-issued photo ID with the voter’s name. Acceptable forms of photo identification includes Tennessee driver licenses, U.S. Passports, military identification cards, handgun carry permits, Department of Safety and Homeland Security photo IDs and any state or federally issued photo IDs with the exception of college student IDs. Voters who have questions regarding the law are encouraged to attend the meeting or contact the Division of Elections office at 1-877-850-4959 or visit http://www.GoVoteTn.com.