What you should know before heading to the polls

(Source: Don Abernathy / My5)
(Source: Don Abernathy / My5)

(WMC-TV) -  Polling places in all three Mid-South states will be open up for 12 hours of voting today. And Action News 5 is your place for all Decision 2012 info and news. Here's a little helpful information for Mid-Southerners headed to the polls.

Here is how it breaks down by state:

In Tennessee:

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.  Click here to find your polling place.

You must have a state issued photo ID. That includes a driver's license, or a photo ID issued by other state or the federal government. In Memphis you can use a Memphis library-issued photo ID card.

Tenn. voters, you should know the Department of Justice is looking out for you. Representatives will be monitoring the polls for problems. The Election Integrity Task Force in Memphis is a team of lawyers set up to investigate any voting problem you might have. All you have to do is call their hotline at (901) 636-6500.

Also, in Memphis (and unincorporated areas of Shelby County) voters will decide on the county sales tax for education. You have seen the battle play out among city and county leaders.  Also on the ballot, the half cent sales tax on gas for the city of Memphis.

In Arkansas:

In Ark., specifically the Mid-South region, the polls open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

Voters will need a current and valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck. You can also bring some kind of government document that shows your name and address.

A hot item on the ballot today is Issue 5, which would legalize medical marijuana. And if passed, Ark. would be the first southern state to do so.

In Mississippi:

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Things in Miss. get a little tricky. Voters are not required to bring ID, but Governor Phil Bryant says it might be a good idea to bring one anyway.
Action News 5 will be following monitoring the election all day. Interact with us online by following us on Twitter, and using the hashtag #midsouthvote.  Log onto WMCTV.COM at 6 p.m. for a live chat with our anchors, and other Mid-South voters.
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