VOTING IN TENNESSEE
 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

Forms and Deadlines

Registration Form (English)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
By Mail: Postmarked thirty (30) days before Election Day.
In-Person: Thirty (30) days before Election Day.

EXCEPTION: Military and Overseas Voters and their families who are not already registered to vote will be temporarily registered to vote when they apply for their absentee ballot. The deadline for this is seven (7) days before Election Day.

To find where to register in person, or for more information:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Election Commission

Online Registration

Voters may register to vote or update their information ONLINE. To register online, voters must have a valid Tennessee driver's license or Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security ID and their social security number.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Thirty (30) days before Election Day.

Election Day Registration

Currently, voters are NOT permitted to register to vote on Election Day.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will allow voters to register at their polling place on Election Day.

Automatic Registration

Currently, voters are NOT automatically registered to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will automatically register eligible Tennessee residents to vote when they apply for a driver's license or interact with other state agencies.

Can you pre-register?

LIMITED. Voters who will be eighteen (18) before the end of the calendar year and on or before Election Day may register.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation that will permit eligible voters to pre-register to vote after they turn sixteen (16) as well as automatically pre-register them to vote if they apply for a driver's license.

Have you moved?

For registered voters who have moved within the state of Tennessee but have not updated their voter registration information.

NEW Address, SAME Polling Place
Voters can vote at their usual polling place after confirming their change of address regardless of how close to the election they moved.

NEW Address, SAME County, NEW Polling Place
Voters can vote a Provisional Ballot at the polling place associated with their new address after providing written confirmation of their new address.

Moved to a NEW County within ninety (90) days
Voters may vote at the polling place associated with their old address.

Moved to a NEW County more than ninety (90) days
Voters must update their voter registration before the registration deadline or they may not be eligible to vote.

Click HERE to find your Polling Place.

Address Confidentiality Program

Tennessee currently has no ACP in place. Ask your state representatives to protect victims of stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes from offenders who use public records, such as voter registries, to locate them.

 

 
VOTING

Early Voting

All registered voters may vote early in person at their County Election Commission Office or a satellite voting location. Contact your County Election Commission for hours and locations.

BEGINS: Twenty (20) days before Election Day.
ENDS: Five (5) days before Election Day.

NOTE: Early voting will end seven (7) days before a Presidential Primary Election.

Vote-by-Mail

Only Absentee Voters may vote-by-mail. See ABSENTEE VOTING for more info.

Ask your state representatives to expand vote-by-mail to all Tennessee voters.

Absentee Voting

Only QUALIFIED voters may vote an absentee ballot. Check HERE to see if you qualify.

Absentee Ballot Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Received by seven (7) days before Election Day

DEADLINE EXCEPTIONS
• Hospitalized voters can request a ballot up until the polls open on Election Day to be delivered by “emergency registrar.”
• Voters can vote in-person absentee between five days and one day before the election if there is a death in the family or they receive a subpoena requiring their absence on Election Day.

For more info on Absentee Voting:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Election Commission

Ask your state representatives to create "no excuse" absentee voting for all Tennessee voters.

Do you need Voter ID?

Voters will be asked to present a photo ID from an approved list of IDs. Voters can go HERE for more info.

NOTE: Voters who cannot provide the required ID may vote a Provisional Ballot. See Provisional Ballots for more info.

Voters who are struggling to get an ID from the State of Tennessee may get outside help from Spread the Vote, VoteRiders, or Carpool Vote.

Provisional Ballots

Voters may have to vote a Provisional Ballot on Election Day if:

• the voter cannot provide the required photo ID
• their name is not on the registered voters list

NOTE: Voters who vote a Provisional Ballot because they did not provide Voter ID have two (2) business days after Election Day to provide the required ID to their County Election Commission in order for their vote to count.

Polling Hours

7:00am to 7:00pm (Central) / 8:00p (Eastern) - NOTE: Tennessee is split between Eastern and Central time zones. Confirm your hours with your County Election Commission before Election Day.

IMPORTANT: If you are in line by 7:00pm (CT) / 8:00pm (ET) you are guaranteed the right to vote. Do NOT get out of line.

Primary Election Rules

Voters do not need to affiliate with a party in order to vote in a Primary Election, but must choose one party's ballot.

Youth Vote in Primary?

NO. You must eighteen (18) or older to vote in a primary or primary runoff election.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which allows voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before a General or Special Election to vote in the preceding Primary Election.

Having a problem?

If you are experiencing difficulty voting, intimidation from poll workers or other voters, long lines, broken machines, a closed or incorrect polling station, or any other obstacle keeping you from casting your ballot, call the:

Election Protection Hotline
• English 866-687-8683
• Spanish 888-839-8682
• Arabic 844-925-5287
• Asian (multiple) 888-274-8683

 

 
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

College Students

Students from out-of-state attending college in Tennessee, or students who already live in Tennessee but attend college in another part of the state should visit the:

Official State Website
Campus Project

Military/Overseas

For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can go to the:

Official State Website
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Overseas Vote Foundation

Felony conviction?

Voters convicted before January 15, 1973 never lost their right to vote and can register to vote and vote IF they were NOT convicted of one of these specific felonies.

Voters convicted between January 15, 1973 and May 17, 1981 never lost their right to vote and can register to vote and vote.

Voters convicted on or after May 18, 1981 must apply to have their right to vote restored after:

  • completing their term of incarceration
  • completing their parole
  • completing their probation
  • paying all court costs, fines, and/or restitution
  • current on any child support

NOTE: Voters convicted on or after May 18, 1981 of one of these specific felonies may permanently lose the right to vote.

ADDITIONAL INFO
• Voters who lost their right to vote MUST re-register to vote.
• For more assistance, voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote.

Have a disability?

Voters with a disability who need more information about accessibility and voting can visit the Tennessee Disability Coalition.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: We try to have the most current and complete information. But, if you think something is incorrect or incomplete, please feel free to LET US KNOW so we can correct it. Furthermore, we encourage voters to contact their state election officials if they have any questions.