Mid-Southerners who signed up at voter drives may not be registered - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Mid-Southerners who signed up at voter drives may not be registered

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Mid-Southerners took advantage of last-minute voter registration Sunday. The deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday.

"I just turned 18, and voting as you know is change...trying to change the world," said Darielle Johnson.

Ashley Trotter also registered for the first time.

"It's the first time I get to vote for president, cause last time we had a presidential election I was only 16."

While Trotter wrote her full social security number on her registration form, hundreds of people who registered through different voter registration drives did not, meaning they may not be registered at all.

Several Mid-South groups that held drives asked registrants for only the last four digits of their social security numbers. But O.C. Pleasant with the Shelby County Election Commission says all nine digits are required to be registered in Tennessee.

Applications lacking complete social security numbers will be rejected.

But there's still time for registrants to correct the problem by contacting the election commission with their full social security numbers by October 30.

"We will contact them by way of mail, a letter to indicate that their applications were deficient in terms of providing the social security number in its entirety," said Pleasant.

Brad Watkins with Change Memphis thinks requiring an individual's full social security number intimidates voters who may not want to give it out for security reasons. Mississippi and Arkansas only require voters to provide the last four digits.

"Change Memphis is very concerned."

Watkins says that after the election, he plans to fight the requirement.

"It's just that simple to us...people shouldn't have to give up their financial security in order to have the right to vote. "


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