Registration Deadline: You must register 30 days prior to the election. Mail-in applications must be postmarked no later than 30 days prior to the elections.
Party Affiliation: Tennessee permits voters to cross party lines, but they must either publicly declare their ballot choice or their ballot selection may be regarded as a form of registration with the corresponding party.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be 18 years or older on or before the date of the election
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of Tennessee. View Guidelines for Determining Residency.
Felony Convictions: Must not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, your rights must have been restored. View Restoration of Voting Rights.
ID Requirements: You must provide a current photo identification with voter's name and photo or if the photo identification is expired, the voter must also present 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.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
In person: Register in person at:
- County Clerk’s Offices
- County Election Commission Office
Or during a transaction with one of the following agencies:
- Department of Health (WIC program),
- Department of Human Services,
- Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation,
- Department of Safety (motor vehicles division)
- Department of Veteran’s Affairs
- Public Libraries
- Register of Deeds Offices
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Voter Registration Verification
Phone: Contact your local county election commission office for additional information.
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: To vote by mail, a registered voter must fall under 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 caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled;
-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.
Other absentee voter qualifications: A registered voter may request an application for a by-mail ballot no earlier than ninety (90) days before the election and no later than seven (7) days before the election. To be processed for the next election, the application must be received by the election commission no later than seven (7) days before the election.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
By mail: To request a by-mail absentee ballot, mail the following information directly to your local county election commission office:
1. Name of the registered voter
2. Address of the voter's residence
3. Voter's social security number
4. Address to mail the ballot outside the county (this applies only when the reason for voting by mail involves that the voter will be outside of the county during early voting and on election day)
5. The election the voter wishes to participate in. If the election involves a primary, the political party in which the voter wishes to participate
6. Reason the voter wishes to vote absentee
7. Voter's signature
A request that contains this information will be processed and a ballot will be mailed to the voter.
Military and overseas voting: Tennessee Military and Overseas Voting Information
Early voting qualifications: In person absentee voting is also known as early voting. No reason is needed to vote early. For more information on early voting, click here.
Verifying Registration: Voter Registration Verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
ID Requirements: Tennessee Voter ID Requirements
Verifying absentee ballot status: Contact your Local County Clerk