Election Central

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

State/Federal General Election

To vote in the November election, you must be registered to vote by October 5, 2020.

Absentee Vote By-Mail

To vote absentee by-mail, you must meet certain criteria.

Voters with underlying conditions that make them vulnerable to COVID-19, or their caretakers, may qualify for an absentee under current law. These conditions include smoking, pregnancy, diabetes, obesity, cancer, hypertension, and more.

You may also request an absentee ballot if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are sixty (60) years of age or older.
  • You will be outside the county where you are registered during the early voting period and all day on Election Day.
  • You are hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled or you are a caretaker of someone with conditions. Voters with an underlying health condition that makes them especially vulnerable to COVID-19 or their caretakers should check this box. A physician’s statement is not required.
  • You or your spouse are a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county where you are registered.
  • You reside in a nursing home, assisted living facility or home for the aged outside your county of residence.
  • You are a candidate for office in the election.
  • You are observing a religious holiday that prevents you from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day.
  • You serve as an Election Day official or as a member or employee of the election commission.
  • You will be unable to vote in-person due to jury duty.
  • You have a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place.
  • You or your spouse possess a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and you will be working outside the state or county of registration during the open hours of early voting and Election Day and have no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to which mail may be sent or received during such time.
  • You are a member of the military or are an overseas citizen.
  • You are on the permanent absentee list
  • Requesting an absentee ballot

    Request an absentee ballot from your local elections commission by completing an absentee request form during the requests period. Request forms can be emailed, mailed, or faxed to your county election commission.

    Mail your completed ballot back to your county election commission. To be counted, your ballot must be received by the close of polls on election day.

    If you are a new registrant and have never voted in-person, you may need to prove your identity before you can request an absentee ballot.

    First-time voters registered "by mail" must prove their identity before they can request an absentee ballot. Your registration is considered "by-mail" if you were registered by

    • Mailing a paper voter-registration application
    • Registering online through the OVR system
    • Registering at a voter-registration drive operated by anyone other than the election commission

    To prove their identity, voters who registered by mail are required to appear in person before requesting an absentee ballot. This means voting in person in the first election or going in person to the county election commission to verify their identity. County officials can update the voter’s registration form “by-mail” to “in-person,” and the voter can then request an absentee ballot.

    August 5, 2020 - October 27, 2020
    Period to request an absentee ballot for the November Election


In-Person Voting

Voters must show a state or federal issued photo ID at the polls to vote in-person. The following are acceptable forms of photo IDs, even if expired:

  • TN driver license or TN state ID
  • US Passport
  • ID issued by TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security
  • ID issued by federal or TN state government
  • US Military ID
  • TN handgun carry permit

NOTE: College student ID unacceptable

If you are a registered voter but didn't bring your ID to the polling place, you may cast a provisional ballot. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must bring valid ID to the election commission office before close of business two business days after the election.

If you are an indigent voter and unable to obtain ID, or if you have a religious objection to being photographed, you can sign an affidavit of identity and vote.

In-Person Early Voting

All voters are eligible to vote early in person. For a list of early voting polling locations and hours of operation, visit your local election commission.

July 17 – August 1, 2020
Early voting period for the August Election
October 14 –  October 29, 2020
Early voting period for the November Election

Voting in-person on Election Day

If do voter absentee by-mail or early vote, then make sure to vote at your assigned polling place on election day. Find your polling place.

Tennessee ranks at the bottom in the nation for voter registration and voter turnout. Getting more people civically engaged will take all of us! Become a civic ambassador and encourage your friends and family to vote!