Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines
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Tennessee Voting Information
- Absentee Ballot Process
- Campaign Finance Information
- Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
- Early Voting
- Election Dates
- Eligibility Requirements
- ID Needed for Voter Registration
- ID Needed for Voting?
- Overseas and Military Voters
- Poll Worker Information
- Polling Place Hours
- Polling Place Locator
- Provisional Voting
- Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
- Registration Deadline
- Time Off To Vote
- Verify Voter Registration
- Voting Machines
Absentee Ballot Process
First-time voters who register to vote by mail cannot vote by absentee ballot; they must vote in person. To vote by mail, you:
- Will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on Election Day
- Or your spouse are enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county of registration
- Your licensed physician has filed a statement with the county election commission stating that, in the physician's judgment, you are medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed not less than 7 days before the election and signed under the penalty of perjury
- Reside in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside your county of residence
- Will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a federal or state court
- Are 60 or older
- Have a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place
- Are hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled and because of such condition cannot vote in person
- Are a caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled
- Are a candidate for office in the election
- Serve as an election day official or as a member or employee of the election commission
- Your observance of a religious holiday prevents you from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day
- Possess a valid commercial driver's license and certify that you will be working outside the state or county of registration during the early voting period and all day on Election Day
- Are a member of the military or an overseas citizen
You may request a by mail ballot by writing to your county elections office or fill out an absentee ballot request here. You may also email your request with an attached document including a scanned signature.
You may request an application for by mail ballot no earlier than 90 days before the election and no later than seven days before the election.
The county elections office must receive the ballot by mail no later than the close of Election Day.
Once the election office issues an absentee by mail ballot to you, you can only vote by mail. If you notify the elections office that you have spoiled your ballot or have not received the ballot, the elections office shall supply you with subsequent voting supplies. The county elections office will reject the old application and send a new application to you immediately by mail to be completed and returned again. The by mail ballot must be received by the county elections office through the postal mail, it can not be hand delivered.
Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.
Campaign Finance Information
Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
Early voting is available and no excuse is required. The early voting period for generally begins 20 days before and ends 5 days before Election Day. For the Presidential Preference Primary, the early voting ends 7 days before the election. There is no Early Voting on holidays, however, Saturday Early Voting is available.
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.
For more information on early voting, contact your local county election commission office.
To be eligible to vote in Tennessee you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- 18 years or older before the date of the election
- A resident of Tennessee (The residence of a person is the place where the person's habitation is fixed and is where, during the periods of absence, the person definitely intends to return.)
- Not disqualified under the law
*If you have been convicted of a felony, your ability to register and vote depends on the crime you were convicted of and the date of your conviction. You can find more information about voting after a felony conviction here.
ID Needed for Voter Registration
If you register to vote online, you will need an ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Otherwise, identification is not required during registration but must be provided at the polls. See "ID Needed for Voting" for more information.
If you register to vote by mail, the first time you vote you must present an acceptable form of ID. Examples of acceptable IDs are:
- Current photo ID with voter's name and photo
- One of the following: a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address.
Voters who register by mail must vote in-person the first time they vote after registering.
ID Needed for Voting?
A photo ID is required when you vote. All voters must present an ID containing your 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 drivers license with your photo
- United States Passport
- Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
- Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
- United States Military photo ID
- State-issued handgun carry permit with your photo
IDs that are not acceptable:
- College student IDs and photo IDs not issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
Who is exempt?
- Voters who vote absentee by mail
- Voters who are residents of a licensed nursing home or assisted living center and who vote at the facility
- Voters who are hospitalized
- Voters with a religious objection to being photographed
- Voters who are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee
If you do not have a photo ID you may get a free photo ID from the Department of Safety and Homeland Security at a driver service center. You will need proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate), two proofs of Tennessee residency (such as a voter registration card, utility bill, vehicle registration/title, or bank statement), and if your name differs from that on your primary ID, proof of the changed name (such as a certified marriage certificate, divorce decree, certified court order, etc.). If you do not have a photo on your driver's license and no other form of valid photo ID, you may visit a driver service center to have your photo added to your license for free upon request.
If you do not bring a valid photo ID to the polling place you may vote a provisional ballot. You will then have two business days after Election Day to return to the election commission office to show a valid ID.
For more information visit the Tennessee Secretary of State website.
Overseas and Military Voters
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.
Poll Worker Information
In order to be a poll worker in Tennessee, you must:
- Be registered to vote in Tennessee
- Be at least 17 years of age to serve
- Political affiliation generally preferred
- Be a resident of state house legislative district or county for the 30 days prior to the election
- Complete required training
- Students who are 16 and meet all other voter registration requirements may be appointed
You will be entitled to compensation
To sign up, contact your local board of elections.
Polling Place Hours
Each county sets their own polling place hours. Contact your local elections commission to find out the times for your community.
Polling Place Locator
If you claim to be registered but are not on the list, you can receive a provisional ballot for later verification. Ballots are eligible for verification if votes are cast in the correct precinct. Tennessee does not provide a limited provisional ballot.
Provisional ballots are counted within 4 business days after Election Day.
Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
Polling places are generally accessible and the voting machines comply with HAVA. If you have disabilities, you are allowed to bring someone to help you vote.You may also request assistance from poll workers. Such assistance will be provided by two poll workers, one from each party.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
You must register 30 days before the election. You can now register to vote online!
Time Off To Vote
Employers must grant employees up to three hours paid leave to vote, unless polls are open three hours before or after regular working shift. Employees must request this time by noon the day before Election Day, and the employer may specify when during the working day employees may take time off.
Verify Voter Registration
To verify your voter registration status, please use your state's voter verification tool.
Los sistemas de votación utilizados en Tennessee son el escaneo óptico y DRE.
Escaneo óptico: con este sistema, usted recibirá una tarjeta u hoja de papel la cual lleva a una mesa o cabina de votación privada. La tarjeta contiene los nombres de los diversos candidatos y medidas electorales impresas en ella. Con una pluma o lápiz llena una pequeña casilla o círculo o el espacio entre dos flechas. Cuando termine de llenar todas las tarjetas, puede llevar las tarjetas hacia la caja electoral, en donde el trabajador electoral le mostrará cómo poner las tarjetas en la caja. O, en algunos lugares, puede someter las tarjetas o papeles completados a una computadora que revisa su tarjeta o papel ahí mismo en la casilla para asegurarse de que votó de la manera que usted quería y cuenta los votos.
Grabación electrónica directa (DRE, por sus siglas en inglés): este es un tipo de sistema más nuevo que se está usando en los EE. UU. Toda la información acerca de por quién y para qué está votando se encuentra en una pantalla electrónica como una televisión o una pantalla de computadora.
Existen muchas variaciones de DRE debido a que muchas compañías están inventando nuevas, y muchas ciudades, condados y estados están probándolas. Por lo general, después de haberse registrado, los trabajadores electorales le darán una tarjeta la cual desliza dentro del dispositivo para comenzar su sesión de votación.
Algunos de estos dispositivos mostrarán a todos los candidatos y opciones de votación en una pantalla grande. A menudo, con estos dispositivos de pantallas grandes, usted aprieta un botón al lado del nombre del candidato por el cual quiere votar (o sí o no en una medida electoral). En otros DRE, la pantalla está configurada para mostrar páginas. En cada pantalla o página habrá probablemente una cosa por la cual votar. Por ejemplo, en una pantalla o página, puede votar por presidente. Después continúa a la siguiente página para votar para senador. A menudo, estos dispositivos con pantallas pequeñas tienen una pantalla táctil, en donde toca la pantalla al lado del nombre de la persona por la que quiere votar. Otros dispositivos tienen un teclado numérico. Algunos otros tienen un teclado para que pueda escribir el nombre de la persona por la que quiere votar.
Usted le deja saber al sistema que ya terminó de votar apretando un botón, tocando la pantalla o introduciendo algo en el teclado.
Puede aprender más acerca de los sistemas de votación viendo el recurso de la Comisión de Asistencia Electoral (EAC, por sus siglas en inglés).
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