State of Tennessee Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Tennessee General Election held on Tue Nov 6, 2018

New Voter Registration

Tue Oct 9, 2018

Absentee Ballot Request

Tue Oct 30, 2018

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Nov 6, 2018 8:00pm EST

Early Voting

Wed Oct 17, 2018 - Thu Nov 1, 2018

Tennessee Senate District 17 Special General Election held on Tue Dec 19, 2017

New Voter Registration

Tue Nov 21, 2017

Absentee Ballot Request

Tue Dec 12, 2017

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:00pm EST

Early Voting

Wed Nov 29, 2017 - Thu Dec 14, 2017
A special election for voters in Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith and Wilson counties to fill the Tennessee Senate District 17 vacancy.

Tennessee State Primary Election held on Thu Aug 2, 2018

New Voter Registration

Tue Jul 3, 2018

Absentee Ballot Request

Thu Jul 26, 2018

Absentee Ballot Return

Thu Aug 2, 2018

Early Voting

Fri Jul 13, 2018 - Sat Jul 28, 2018

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

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. Hours 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

Note that any voter, without cause, may vote absentee in person.

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.

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 ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • 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

An expired ID is acceptable. Please check http://sos.tn.gov/products/elections/what-id-required-when-voting for complete information on acceptable voter ID.

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Overseas & Military Voters

Tennessee General Election held on Tue Nov 6, 2018

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Received by Tue Oct 30, 2018 Received by Tue Oct 30, 2018

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Tue Oct 30, 2018 Received by Tue Oct 30, 2018

Ballot Return

Tue Nov 6, 2018 8:00pm EST Tue Nov 6, 2018 8:00pm EST

Tennessee Senate District 17 Special General Election held on Tue Dec 19, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Received by Tue Dec 12, 2017 Received by Tue Dec 12, 2017

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Tue Dec 12, 2017 Received by Tue Dec 12, 2017

Ballot Return

Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:00pm EST Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:00pm EST
A special election for voters in Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith and Wilson counties to fill the Tennessee Senate District 17 vacancy.

Tennessee State Primary Election held on Thu Aug 2, 2018

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Received by Thu Jul 26, 2018 Received by Thu Jul 26, 2018

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Thu Jul 26, 2018 Received by Thu Jul 26, 2018

Ballot Return

Received by Thu Aug 2, 2018 8:00pm EDT Received by Thu Aug 2, 2018 8:00pm EDT

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

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

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

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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If not registered, voters wishing to register must also complete Tennessee's Federal Voter Registration Form and submit along with FPCA. Tennessee will allow you to send your voter registration/ballot request form as an email attachment. However, you must ensure the attachment contains your signature. If the applicant required assistance, one person must witness the assistance given in completing the voter registration/ballot request form or ballot.

Military Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

- - - -

Blank Ballot To Voter

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If not registered, voters wishing to register must also complete Tennessee's Federal Voter Registration Form and submit along with FPCA. Tennessee will allow you to send your voter registration/ballot request form as an email attachment. However, you must ensure the attachment contains your signature. If the applicant required assistance, one person must witness the assistance given in completing the voter registration/ballot request form or ballot.