Voting in
Tennessee

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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in Tennessee, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the Tennessee Election Website or call (615) 741-7956 to learn more about your states voting details.

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Important Dates - General Election

11/3/2020
General Election Date
10/5/2020
Mail Registration Deadline (postmarked by)

Voting Information for Tennessee

Don’t miss your next election!

Your voter registration application must be received by Oct. 5th to vote in the general election. If you would prefer to vote by mail, you must submit an absentee ballot application. Excuse required. COVID-19 counts as an excuse, but only for people that are at a high risk of catching COVID-19 and their caregivers.

Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.

The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.

Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in Tennessee:

Don't forget to put postage on your ballot. You are responsible for adding stamps.

Your state has a "received by" deadline of Tuesday, November 3rd. The post office suggests that ballots are mailed at least two weeks prior to make the "received by" deadline. Don't wait! You may also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.

Your state does NOT offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will be tossed if your signature does not match or you do not follow directions. Pay close attention to your state’s completed absentee ballot requirements so your vote is counted.

Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Click here to access.

Presidential Primaries

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

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Oct. 14th-Oct. 29th

You can vote in person at your county Election Commission’s office from Oct. 14th-Oct. 29th before the election. No excuse required.

To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot. Your application must be received by Oct. 27th.

Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by close of polls (times vary by county) on Election Day.

The absentee ballot application period opens 90 days before each election. You must submit an application for each election that you would like to participate in by-mail. You’ll need to give an excuse to vote by-mail absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.

Request Absentee Ballot

Voter ID + Access for Tennessee

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • State or federal photo ID is required
  • Multiple forms of ID accepted
  • First time voters need ID

More Chances to Register


Your state does not offer additional voter registration options outside of the deadlines listed above.

Pre-registration

  • If you are 17 and will be 18 on or before the next election, you may register to vote.
Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.