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By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

If you plan to vote in the Republican and Democratic Presidential Preference Primary set for March 6, you have until Monday, Feb. 6, to register to do so.

Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren said state law allows new voter registration applications to be processed up until 30 days before each election. Applications received between Feb. 6 and March 6 will be processed after Election Day.

Bottom line, be sure to get your application in by Monday, Warren said.

This first primary is something new for Tennesseans, as everyone voting must comply with a new state law requiring voters to bring a state-issued photo ID with them to the polls.

According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, 12,571 photo IDs have been issued for voting purposes from July 1 through Jan. 30, 2012. The vast majority of those, 11,896, were non-photo driver licenses converted into photo driver licenses. Also, 675 of those issued were original photo identification cards.

All Wilson County voters, remember to bring your state or federally issued photo ID with you when you come to vote, Warren said.

Early voting begins on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and continues through Tuesday, Feb. 28, and local citizens may vote in Lebanon at the Wilson County Election Commission at 203 E. Main Street; the Mt. Juliet Community Center at 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy.; and at the Watertown Community Center on Sparta Pike.

We would love to have a great turnout for early voting, Warren added.

If you still need to get a proper photo ID to be able to vote, on Saturday, Feb. 4, the Department of Safety will open 19 driver service centers for citizens needing an ID. Since Wilson Countys center is not included among those that will be opened, county residents may travel to nearby Sumner County or Rutherford County to obtain an ID for voting.

Those centers will be open again on Saturday, March 3, for the same purpose and will be open normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Sumner County center is located at 855 Bluejay Way in Gallatin and the Rutherford center is at 1035 Samsonite Blvd. in Murfreesboro.

Voter registration applications are available at the Election Commission office, online at www.state.tn.us/sos/election/forms/ss-3010.pdf and at most Wilson County government offices. You may contact the Election Commission staff at 444-0216 with any questions and for help obtaining or completing an application.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted atphall@wilsonpost.com.

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