League of Women Voters



Tennessee Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (Primary). The registration deadline is Monday, April 2, 2018.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Tennessee ID Needed for Voting

A photo ID is required when you vote. All voters must present an ID containing the voter's name and photograph when voting at the polls, whether voting early or on Election Day. Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:

Tennessee Early Voting

Early voting is available and no excuse is required. The early voting period for generally begins 20 days before an election and ends 5 days prior to the Election Day. You should bring your voter registration card plus an acceptable photo ID when you vote early.

In a city election where there is not any opposition on the ballot there is no early voting.

Tennessee Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

Tennessee Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state's tool.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.


Tennessee Polling Place Hours

Each county sets their own polling place hours. Contact your local elections commission to find out the times for your community.

Tennessee Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in Tennessee:

  • You must be registered to vote in Tennessee
  • You must be at least 17 years of age to serve
  • Political affiliation generally preferred
  • You must be a resident of state house legislative district or county for the 30 days prior to the election
  • You must complete required training
  • Students who are 17 and meet all other voter registration requirements may be appointed

You will be entitled to compensation

Tennessee Absentee Ballot Process

Tennessee has two forms of absentee voting: absentee voting in person and absentee voting by mail. Under preexisting Tennessee law, first-time voters who register to vote by mail cannot vote by absentee ballot; they must vote in person. To vote by mail, you must fall under one of the following categories:

Tennessee Registration Deadline

You must register 30 days prior to the election. Registration in person depends on the office hours of each county elections office.


DonateKeep VOTE411 Online!
The League depends on the generosity of VOTE411 users! If you found this information valuable, help us continue the work! Donate Now!


Election Day Problems?

Call one of these hotlines:
1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
1-844-418-1682 (Arabic)


Donations to the LWVEF, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax-deductible. The LWVEF tax id number is 53-0239013.

Subscribe to RSS - Tennessee