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Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Tennessee

Warning: 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.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
10/14/2020
Early Voting Begins
10/29/2020
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/27/2020
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/03/2020
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

In-Person Early Voting

You can vote early in your state before Election Day. Early voting begins on 10/14/2020 and ends on 10/29/2020

Contact your local election commission for early voting locations and hours.

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 Oct. 27th.

  • You must have an excuse to vote by mail in Tennessee. COVID-19 is an excuse for some voters based on their health or status as a caregiver. Info here on what qualifies.
  • Due to a court ruling, first time voters that meet a legal reason to vote absentee are eligible to vote by mail.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
  • Stamp and mail your ballot so that it is received by Nov. 3rd. 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 Nov. 3rd - your ballot will not count.
  • Or you may use a courier service, such as FedEx or UPS, to return and track delivery.
  • You may not return your ballot in person.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Excuse Needed to Vote Absentee

You need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. Excuses could include being sick or out of town, but it’s best to check with your state directly to see what counts as an excuse.

COVID-19 is a qualifying excuse if you have underlying health conditions that make you more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 or are at greater risk should you contract it or arethe caregiver of someone that qualfies.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

After you fill out your ballot, sign the return 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.

Use The Right Form of ID

Tennessee voters must show valid photo ID when voting in person. Info here on what qualifies. You do not need to submit a copy of your photo ID when voting by mail.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

By Courier

Return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense)

In Person

  • No in person options
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

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

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.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Tennessee

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.


Voting Info for Tennessee First Time Voter Info