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Tennessee voter registration a mere mouse click away

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Registering to vote just got easier in Tennessee.

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett officially launched the state’s new online voter registration system last week at Roane State Community College’s main campus between Harriman and Rockwood.

“This system meets people where they already are: online,” Hargett said. “It will improve accuracy and efficiency for voters and election officials by ensuring there are fewer errors and more accurate voter rolls.”

The system offers a convenient way for voters to easily register or change their address if they have moved. Counties across Tennessee can now securely receive voter registration information faster than using traditional paper registrations.

State Sen. Ken Yager was one of the driving forces behind making the online registration process a reality.

“Registering to vote in Tennessee is now more accessible than ever,” the Kingston Republican said. “Regardless of health or circumstance, Tennesseans can now register to vote from their own home. As Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘Elections belong to the people.’ I encourage all Tennesseans to take advantage of online registration and guarantee that Lincoln’s statement rings true now and for years to come.”

The new system will allow U.S. citizens with a driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security to register to vote online. 

Each online submission is checked against the department’s database while securely 

obtaining an electronic signa-
ture already on file with the
state.

Yager and state Rep. Gerald McCormick, a Chattanooga Republican, spearheaded online voter registration. In his visit to Roane State, Hargett applauded them
“for their leadership in making
this system a reality for Tennesseans.”

The system will help streamline the process of changing a voter’s address. It allows someone to update their information instantly while reducing time-consuming data entry by state or county employees who traditionally had to manually type in what voters write on paper forms.

“Online voter registration is a great tool to register new voters. This will help young people register for the first time as well as the elderly, disabled or our service members who need an easier way to register,” said Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway.

Tennesseans must still register online or use a paper form at least 30 days before an election to participate.

 

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Visit GoVoteTN.com for details on Tennessee’s new online voter registration.