Voting in Tennessee

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Election Dates

Voter Election Date
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Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Early Voting Dates

Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends

The upcoming election is a presidential primary. Learn About Presidential Primaries

Polling place hours: Opens between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. CST and closes at 7 p.m. CST

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How to Vote in Tennessee

Learn about all the options to vote in Tennessee to make a plan to vote that works for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Tennessee Board of Elections Phone Number: (615) 741-7956

Tennessee Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in Tennessee

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

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.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Excuse required to vote by mail.

How Vote By Mail Works in Tennessee

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 7 days before Election Day. A qualifying excuse is required in order to vote by mail in Tennessee.

Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Stamp and mail your ballot so that it is received by Election Day at 7 p.m. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after Election Day - your ballot will not count.
  • You may also choose to use a courier service, such as FedEx or UPS, to return and track delivery.
  • You may not return your ballot in person.

Click Here to See Your Ballot

Where to Sign Your Ballot

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.

ID Requirements to Vote By Mail

All voters are required to provide ID when voting by mail.

ID is required with application to vote by mail.

If voting by-mail, you must provide your full social security number as your identification with your ballot application. No ID information is required when sending in your ballot, signature matching will be used to process the ballot.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

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).

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

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.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used your ballot?

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.

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your Ballot

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.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

Tennessee voters are required to show a valid ID at the polls to vote. It must be a photo ID that displays the voters name, and can be expired or not expired. Valid forms of identification include;

  • Tennessee driver’s license or state ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
  • ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
  • U.S. Military photo ID
  • Tennessee issued handgun carry permit

It is important to note that any form of student ID is NOT accepted as a valid form of ID when voting.

For first time voters who registered to vote online must bring one of the following when they vote only if their photo ID is expired;

  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Other government document that shows the voter’s name and address

Voter ID in Tennessee

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Presidential Primaries

Primary Type (D): Open
Primary Type (R): Open

No party affiliation is required at registration to participate in primary. See Tennessee Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.

Automatic Registration

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.

Election Day Registration

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.

Early Voting

Early Voting Dates

Voting Begins
Voting Ends

You can vote early in Tennessee

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.