2018 Tennessee Code
Title 2 - Elections
Chapter 2 - Voter Registration
Part 2 - Registration by Other State Agencies
§ 2-2-201. Voter registration applications through department of safety -- Contents.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 2-2-201 (2018)
  • In addition to any other voter registration procedure provided for by law, the department of safety and each county election commission shall provide for voter registration procedures as follows:
  • (1) The department of safety shall include a voter registration application as part of any motor vehicle driver license application or photo identification license used in Tennessee. Except as provided in subdivision (2)(B), an individual who completes the application and is otherwise eligible shall be registered to vote in accordance with the information supplied by the individual;

  • (2) The voter registration section of the application:

    • (A) May require a second signature or other information that duplicates, or is in addition to, information in the license section of the application only if the duplicate or additional information is necessary for prevention of multiple registration of the same individual, for determination of eligibility to vote, or for administration of voter registration or other aspects of the election process;

    • (B) Shall include a box or other device to permit an applicant for a motor vehicle driver license or photo identification license to decline to register to vote;

    • (C) Shall include a statement that specifies each eligibility requirement for voting, contains an attestation that the applicant meets each such requirement, including citizenship, and requires the signature of the applicant, under penalty of perjury;

    • (D) Shall be made available by the department to the appropriate county election commission office; and

    • (E) Shall be processed as an in-person voter registration;

  • (3) No information relating to a declination under subdivision (2)(B) may be used for other than official election-related purposes;

  • (4) Any motor vehicle driver license or photo identification license form used for change of address of residence shall also serve as a notification of change of address of residence for voter registration;

  • (5) The motor vehicle driver license or photo identification license application and change of address forms used in this state shall be subject to approval by the secretary of state for purposes of voter registration under this section; and

  • (6) A completed voter registration or change of address of voter registration accepted at a motor vehicle office shall be transmitted to the appropriate county election commission office not later than ten (10) days after the date of acceptance; provided, that if the document is accepted within five (5) days before the last day for registration to vote in an election, the application shall be transmitted to the appropriate county election commission office not later than five (5) days after the date of acceptance.

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