MID-SOUTH — If you plan to vote in this year’s election early voting starts Wednesday and runs through Oct. 29.
When you head to the polls you must remember to bring identification with you. If you forget to bring your ID, you will not be allowed to vote.
Voting in Tennessee
You can use several forms of identification to vote in Tennessee including a driver’s license or photo ID, which can be current or expired.
Also, a U.S. passport, government or military ID, and handgun permit with a photo on it can be used at the polls.
A college student ID or a library ID are not permitted as valid forms of ID to vote in the election.
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Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The Shelby County Election Commission started sending out absentee ballots last week.
You must fill them out and mail them back. You have until Oct. 27 to request an absentee ballot. They need to be in the hands of the election commission by the time the polls close November 3.
The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. in Tennessee.
Voting in Mississippi
In the State of Mississippi, there is no early voting.
There are mail-in and in-person absentee ballots and Election Day voting only.
Absentee ballots in Mississippi must be turned in by Nov. 3 for this year’s election.
You do have until Halloween, Oct. 31 to get an application to submit to the election commission.
To be able to vote in Mississippi you are required to bring valid ID which includes, driver’s license or photo ID, U.S. passport, government ID, firearms license. Unlike in Tennessee, you can use a student ID from an accredited college or university in Mississippi, military ID or your voter ID card can all be used as valid forms of identification.
Also, if you plan to vote by absentee, you must provide a copy of valid identification as part of your ballot.
In Mississippi, your absentee ballot needs to be mailed in or brought to the election commission in person by Nov. 3.
If you plan to vote in person on Election Day the polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Voting in Arkansas
Just like Tennessee, in Arkansas, there is early voting, but the dates are different.
Early voting in the Natural State starts Oct. 19 and continues until Nov. 2.
Also, you can cast an absentee ballot in this state as well, but ballots must be acquired by October 27 and turned in by mail or in person by Election Day November 3.
And don’t forget a copy of your ID is also required in Arkansas before the ballot can be turned in.
Required identification can include a driver’s license, photo ID, either can be expired, but not four years before the election date, a government or military ID, college ID, your public assistance card, US passport, handgun carry ID, and voter ID card as well.
The polls in Arkansas will open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.
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