Voters have until Sept. 15 to register

Memphis voters who want to weigh in on the special election to replace Willie Herenton have until Sept. 15 to register.

Here are some details provided by the Shelby County Election Commission:

When May A Qualified Voter Register? In order to participate in an election, a qualified voter must be properly registered no later than thirty (30) days before the election. The election commission office will process any by-mail voter registration form that has been postmarked at least thirty (30) days before the election. You do not have to declare a political party in this state.

You may register if you: - Are a U.S. citizen - Are 18 years of age or older by election day - Are a resident of Tennessee - Have not been convicted of a felony or, if convicted, had voting rights restored by court order or pardon.

You must re-register if you: - Move outside your county - Move within the county but fail to transfer your registration and do not vote for two - November general elections - Have had full rights restored by court order or pardon - Change your name and also want to change your voter registration (it's your choice).

You can register in person: - At the Shelby County Election Commission - Motor vehicle office when applying for a driver's license - Any public library - Some designated government offices Take proof of residence, such as a driver's license, tax receipt, or car registration.

You may apply to register by mail using this form.

You may also obtain this form from: - Shelby County Election Commission - Libraries - Post offices - Some city/county government offices

You will receive your voter registration card by mail. Your voting precinct and voting districts are listed on the card. KEEP IT! If you register by mail, you must vote in person the first time you vote.

Mail your application to: Shelby County Election Committee Voter Mail Registration 157 Poplar Avenue

For more information, visit the Election Commission's Web site.

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