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Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Tennessee.
Excuse required to vote by mail.
Voting by mail is a two step process in Tennessee.
Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is November 1st. A qualifying excuse is required in order to vote by mail in Tennessee.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
Remember to sign your return ballot. After you fill out your ballot, sign the outside of the ballot carrier envelope. Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.
If you return your ballot by mail, you must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot. You can also return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense).
You can have anyone you choose return your ballot to the post office. Note that no one may return ballots in-person, they must be mailed.
If you have an absentee ballot that you are not going to use, or you miss the deadline to return, you may go to your polling place and vote in person. You will be asked to use a provisional ballot. This is better than not voting, but may not be counted.
Tennessee does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.
Tennessee votes are required to show ID at the polls to vote. The following forms of ID are acceptable:
Photo ID, displaying voter’s name, can be expired
Enter your address below to see what you can expect on Election Day.
Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.
You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.
Contact your local election commission for early voting locations and hours.
Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.
In Tennessee, you can preregister to vote if you are 18 by the next election. Register to vote today!
Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!
You can not vote in the Tennessee primaries if you are 17 by the next election.