Voting in Tennessee
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To vote in Tennessee, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be a citizen of the United States, (18) years of age or older on or before the date of the next election.
- You must be a resident of Tennessee.
- You must not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, your full rights of citizenship must have been restored (or you must have received a pardon). View Restoration of Voting Rights.
- In order to participate in an election, a qualified voter must be properly registered no later than thirty (30) days before the election. The election commission office will process any by-mail voter registration form that has been postmarked at least thirty (30) days before the election. T.C.A 2-2-109.
When and where
You can register to vote by completing a Voter Registration Application and mailing it to your county election commission. You can also register in person at one of the following locations:
- County Clerk’s Offices
- County Election Commission Office
- Department of Health (WIC program)
- Department of Human Services
- Department of Mental Health
- Department of Safety (motor vehicles division)
- Department of Veteran’s Affairs
- Public Libraries
- Register of Deeds Offices
Registration must be completed roughly 29 days prior to an election.
As of May 2015, Tennessee is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.
Voting on election day
At polling places, voters must show government-issued photo identification. Valid forms of ID do not include student ID cards from state universities.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
In Tennessee, most polling places are open between 7am and 7pm. All precincts close 8:00pm eastern standard time and 7:00pm central standard time. The polls must be open a minimum of 10 hours and may be open for a maximum of 13 hours.
Voters are eligible to vote absentee in an election if they cannot make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the following reasons:
—Tennessee Secretary of State
To vote absentee a request must be received by the county election commission no earlier than 90 days and no later than seven days prior to the election. The ballot must then be returned by close of polls on Election Day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
Tennessee is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 20 days before Election Day and ends five days prior. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
- Voter qualifications
- Registration info
- Voter ID laws
- vote411.org - Voting in Tennessee
- Tennessee Secretary of State, "Absentee Voting," accessed December 16, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Tennessee Secretary of State, "Early Voting," accessed December 16, 2013