Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.
Register to vote in Tennessee, or learn more about voter ID & rights.
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.
Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.
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.