Tennessee Voting Requirements & Information

Upcoming Election Dates & Deadlines

Tennessee Federal and State Elections

Thu Jun 15, 2023 - Tennessee State House District 52 Special Primary Election

Voter Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by
    Tue May 16, 2023
  • Received by
    Fri May 19, 2023

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Thu Jun 8, 2023

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Thu Jun 15, 2023 8:00PM CDT

Early Voting Available

Early Voting
Fri May 26, 2023 to Sat Jun 10, 2023

Thu Jun 15, 2023 - Tennessee State House District 86 Special Primary Election

Voter Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by
    Tue May 16, 2023
  • Received by
    Fri May 19, 2023

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Thu Jun 8, 2023

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Thu Jun 15, 2023 8:00PM CDT

Early Voting Available

Early Voting
Fri May 26, 2023 to Sat Jun 10, 2023

Thu Jun 22, 2023 - Tennessee State House District 3 Special Primary Election

Voter Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by
    Tue May 23, 2023
  • Received by
    Fri May 26, 2023

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Thu Jun 15, 2023

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Thu Jun 22, 2023 8:00PM CDT

Early Voting Available

Early Voting
Fri Jun 2, 2023 to Sat Jun 17, 2023
Tennessee State House District 3 includes Johnson County and part of Carter, Hawkins and Sullivan Counties.

Thu Aug 3, 2023 - Tennessee State House District 52 Special General Election

Voter Registration Deadline

  • In-Person, Received by
    Wed Jul 5, 2023
  • Online by
    Wed Jul 5, 2023
  • Post received by
    Wed Jul 5, 2023

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

  • In-Person Request by
    Thu Jul 27, 2023
  • Post received by
    Thu Jul 27, 2023

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Post received by
Thu Aug 3, 2023 8:00PM

Early Voting Available

Early Voting
Fri Jul 14, 2023 to Sat Jul 29, 2023
You must mail your ballot in time for your county election commission to receive it no later than the close of polls on Election Day. You must return your Absentee By-Mail Ballot by mail (USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc.). Hand delivery or handing it to a poll worker during early voting or on Election Day is not permitted.

Thu Aug 3, 2023 - Tennessee State House District 3 Special General Election

Voter Registration Deadline

  • In-Person, Received by
    Wed Jul 5, 2023
  • Online by
    Wed Jul 5, 2023
  • Post received by
    Wed Jul 5, 2023

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

  • In-Person Request by
    Thu Jul 27, 2023
  • Post received by
    Thu Jul 27, 2023

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Post received by
Thu Aug 3, 2023 8:00PM

Early Voting Available

Early Voting
Fri Jul 14, 2023 to Sat Jul 29, 2023
You must mail your ballot in time for your county election commission to receive it no later than the close of polls on Election Day. You must return your Absentee By-Mail Ballot by mail (USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc.). Hand delivery or handing it to a poll worker during early voting or on Election Day is not permitted.

Thu Aug 3, 2023 - Tennessee State House District 86 Special General Election

Voter Registration Deadline

  • In-Person, Received by
    Wed Jul 5, 2023
  • Online by
    Wed Jul 5, 2023
  • Post received by
    Wed Jul 5, 2023

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

  • In-Person Request by
    Thu Jul 27, 2023
  • Post received by
    Thu Jul 27, 2023

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Post received by
Thu Aug 3, 2023 8:00PM

Early Voting Available

Early Voting
Fri Jul 14, 2023 to Sat Jul 29, 2023
You must mail your ballot in time for your county election commission to receive it no later than the close of polls on Election Day. You must return your Absentee By-Mail Ballot by mail (USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc.). Hand delivery or handing it to a poll worker during early voting or on Election Day is not permitted.

Tennessee Local Elections

Thu Aug 3, 2023 - City of Nashville Metropolitan General Election

Voter Registration Deadline

  • Fri Jul 7, 2023
  • Postmarked by
    Wed Jul 5, 2023

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Thu Jul 27, 2023

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Thu Aug 3, 2023 7:00PM EDT

Early Voting Available

Early Voting
Fri Jul 14, 2023 to Sat Jul 29, 2023

Tue Aug 29, 2023 - City of Knoxville Primary Election

Voter Registration Deadline

  • Wed Aug 2, 2023
  • Postmarked by
    Sun Jul 30, 2023

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Tue Aug 22, 2023

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Tue Aug 29, 2023 8:00PM EDT

Early Voting Available

Early Voting
Wed Aug 9, 2023 to Thu Aug 24, 2023

General Information

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office
  • at early voting sites
  • on-line
  • at some public assistance offices and motor vehicle offices

Election Day Voting

Polling place hours vary by county. Please check http://web.go-vote-tn.elections.tn.gov/ for up to date hours by location.

Find my polling place

Early Voting

Any registered voter may vote early in person during the established early voting period. Early voting period typically begins 20 days before an election and ends 5 days before an election and includes Saturdays. The exception is for the Presidential Preference Primary, when early voting ends 7 days before the election. There is no early voting in uncontested elections.

Hours for early voting may vary - contact your local elections office for hours and availability of early voting.

Absentee Voting

To vote by absentee ballot by mail, a registered voter must fall into one of the following categories:

  • The voter will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on election day
  • The voter or the voter’s spouse is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county of registration
  • The voter’s licensed physician has filed a statement with the county election commission stating that, in the physician's judgment, the voter is medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed not less than seven (7) days before the election and signed under the penalty of perjury
  • The voter resides in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside the voter's county of residence
  • The voter will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a federal or state court
  • The voter is sixty (60) years of age or older
  • The voter has a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place
  • The voter is hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled and because of such condition, cannot vote in person
  • The voter is a candidate for office in the election
  • The voter serves as an election day official or as a member or employee of the election commission
  • The voter’s observance of a religious holiday prevents him or her from voting in person during the early voting period and on election day
  • The voter or the voter’s spouse possesses a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or the voter possesses a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and certifies that he or she will be working outside the state or county of registration during the open hours of early voting and Election Day, and has no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to which mail may be sent or received during such time
  • The voter is a member of the military or is an overseas citizen

Some residents may qualify for placement on a permanent absentee voter list. All absentee voters who return a ballot for any election must do so by mail.

Please visit the US Vote Disability Voting Guide to see accommodations for the registration and voting process.

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to vote in Tennessee if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Are a resident of Tennessee
  • Are a U.S. citizen
  • You must not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, your voting rights must have been restored.

You are NOT eligible to vote in Tennessee if:

  • You were disqualified from voting due to a court order
  • You are currently serving a sentence including incarceration, parole, probation, or extended supervision for a felony conviction

Tennessee has different rules regarding felony convictions before May 18, 1981. See here for more information: https://www.usvotefoundation.org/voting-rights-restoration/tennessee

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in Tennessee if:

  • You reside in Tennessee but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in Tennessee
  • Tennessee does not accept student ID; refer to Tennessee Identification Requirements section

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Tennessee you should provide:

  • Your Social Security Number

Voting In-Person

In Tennessee, you need to show a valid photo ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list, even if expired:

  • Tennessee ID Card
  • Valid Federal Issued ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid Tennessee Driver's License
  • Valid ID Issued by the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security
  • Valid Military ID
  • License to Carry Concealed Weapon or Firearm

First time voters who register online or by mail, if the ID is expired, must also present one of the following: * a copy of a current utility bill * bank statement * government check * paycheck * other government document that shows the voter’s name and address

Voter Materials Transmission Options

Domestic Voter

In-Person

Mail

Fax

Email

Online

Voter Registration
Absentee Ballot Request
Blank Ballot To Voter
Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered?

Upcoming Election Dates & Deadlines

Tennessee Federal and State Elections

Thu Jun 15, 2023 - Tennessee State House District 52 Special Primary Election

Voter Registration Deadline

Received by
Thu Jun 8, 2023

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Received by
Thu Jun 8, 2023

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Thu Jun 15, 2023 8:00PM CDT

Thu Jun 15, 2023 - Tennessee State House District 86 Special Primary Election

Voter Registration Deadline

Received by
Thu Jun 8, 2023

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Received by
Thu Jun 8, 2023

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Thu Jun 15, 2023 8:00PM CDT

Thu Jun 22, 2023 - Tennessee State House District 3 Special Primary Election

Voter Registration Deadline

Received by
Thu Jun 15, 2023

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Received by
Thu Jun 15, 2023

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Thu Jun 22, 2023 8:00PM CDT

Thu Aug 3, 2023 - Tennessee State House District 52 Special General Election

Voter Registration Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Jul 27, 2023

Military:

None on Record

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Jul 27, 2023

Military:

None on Record

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Aug 3, 2023 8:00PM

Military:

None on Record

Thu Aug 3, 2023 - Tennessee State House District 3 Special General Election

Voter Registration Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Jul 27, 2023

Military:

None on Record

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Jul 27, 2023

Military:

None on Record

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Aug 3, 2023 8:00PM

Military:

None on Record

Thu Aug 3, 2023 - Tennessee State House District 86 Special General Election

Voter Registration Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Jul 27, 2023

Military:

None on Record

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Jul 27, 2023

Military:

None on Record

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Overseas:

Received by
Thu Aug 3, 2023 8:00PM

Military:

None on Record

Tennessee Local Elections

Thu Aug 3, 2023 - City of Nashville Metropolitan General Election

Voter Registration Deadline

Received by
Thu Jul 27, 2023

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Received by
Thu Jul 27, 2023

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Received by
Thu Aug 3, 2023 7:00PM EDT

Tue Aug 29, 2023 - City of Knoxville Primary Election

Voter Registration Deadline

Received by
Tue Aug 22, 2023

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Received by
Tue Aug 22, 2023

Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Received by
Tue Aug 29, 2023 8:00PM EDT

Eligibility Requirements

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register. An individual who meets the above requirements may request an absentee ballot by completing a Federal Post Card application. A form is available at www.overseasvote.org

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

An FPCA form is available at www.overseasvote.org

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

A form is available at www.overseasvote.org

Identification Requirements

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Complete Social Security Number

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Complete Social Security Number

Voter Materials Transmission Options

Overseas Voter

In-Person

Mail

Fax

Email

Online

Voter Registration
Absentee Ballot Request
Blank Ballot To Voter
Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

Military Voter

In-Person

Mail

Fax

Email

Online

Voter Registration
Absentee Ballot Request
Blank Ballot To Voter
Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered?