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How to Register to Vote

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Tennessee registration form or call (877) 850-4959 to request one by mail.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check the boxes to indicate you’re a US citizen and will be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 2 · Provide your name

Steps 3–4 · Provide your gender and race (race is optional)

Step 5 · Provide your address

Step 6 · Provide your mailing address, if different from Step 5

Step 7 · (Optional) Provide your email address

Step 8 · Provide your birthday, place of birth, and Social Security number

Step 9 · Provide your phone number

Step 10 · If you’re changing your name or address, provide your previous information

Step 11 · Check the appropriate lines to declare if you’re a resident of Tennessee and have previously been convicted of a felony

Step 12 · Date and sign the form


3. Send the form.

Mail your completed form by Oct 11 to your county election office


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1. Get the voter registration form.

Pick up the form at your county election office


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check the boxes to indicate you’re a US citizen and will be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 2 · Provide your name

Steps 3–4 · Provide your gender and race (race is optional)

Step 5 · Provide your address

Step 6 · Provide your mailing address, if different from Step 5

Step 7 · (Optional) Provide your email address

Step 8 · Provide your birthday, place of birth, and Social Security number

Step 9 · Provide your phone number

Step 10 · If you’re changing your name or address, provide your previous information

Step 11 · Check the appropriate lines to declare if you’re a resident of Tennessee and have previously been convicted of a felony

Step 12 · Date and sign the form


3. Return the form.

Turn in the form by Oct 11 to your county election office


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Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a Tennessee address
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be convicted of a felony and currently serving your sentence
  • If previously convicted of a felony, have had your voting rights restored
  • Not currently be judged incompetent by a court
Mail
October 11

In Person
October 11

How to Vote

Vote early
October 19 – November 3

Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Voting hours vary by county. All polls close at 8 PM ET. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 8 PM ET.


Who can vote early

All registered voters can vote early in person.

Who can vote by mail

In order to vote by mail you need to meet one of the following qualifications:

  • You’ll be outside your county during the early voting period and all day on Election Day
  • You or your spouse is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside your county
  • You’ve applied for placement on, and have been placed on, the permanent absentee voting list
  • You live in a licensed long term care facility outside your county
  • You’ll be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a federal or state court
  • You’re 60 years old or older
  • You have a physical disability and can’t access your polling place
  • You’re hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled and can’t vote in person
  • You’re a caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled
  • You’re a candidate for office in the election
  • You serve as an Election Day official or as a member or employee of the election commission
  • Your observance of a religious holiday prevents you from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day
  • You or your spouse possess a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) or Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and you certify that you’ll 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 an overseas citizen


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the absentee ballot application.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your name

Step 2 · Provide the address where you live

Step 3 · Provide the address where you want your ballot mailed

Steps 4-5 · Provide your Social Security number and birthday

Step 6 · To receive an absentee ballot for the general election on Nov 8, check the box for “General Election”

Step 7 · Check the box to indicate the reason you’re voting by absentee ballot

Step 8 · Sign the form


3. Submit the application

Submit the form by mail, fax, or email to your County Election Commission so it’s received by Nov 1


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Your ballot must be received no later than 7 PM on Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot by contacting your local election commission office
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
October 19 – November 3

Vote on Election Day
November 8

Voting hours vary by county. All polls close at 8 PM ET. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 8 PM ET.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Tennessee. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at a Tennessee address
  • Not be convicted of a felony and currently serving your sentence
  • If previously convicted of a felony, have had your voting rights restored
  • Not currently judged incompetent by a court

In person ID requirements

Be sure to bring one of the following when you vote early or on Election Day:

  • A Tennessee driver’s license
  • A US passport
  • Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
  • Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
  • US military photo ID
  • Tennessee handgun carry permit with your photo

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Tennessee’s by-mail ballot must be received by the county election commission office through the postal mail.
Only if you are disabled.  If this is the case, please call your  Local Election Official and ask how you can become a permanent absentee voter.  There are forms that you and your doctor will have to fill out. Your Local Election Official is the best person to guide you through this process.
If you are registering for the first time in Tennessee, you must include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, or you must show ID the first time you vote at the polls. Acceptable forms of ID include the following: a current voter registration card; a current Tennessee Driver’s License; or a photo ID which includes your NAME and SIGNATURE.If you have none of the above items, must provide a combination of one item from List A AND one option from List B below:ANDList A: A current & valid photo I.D. of any kind, either government- issued or private, not containing a voter۪s signature; OR a current utility bill; OR a bank statement; a government check; OR a paycheck; OR any other government document(s) that show the your NAME and ADDRESS; PLUS:List A:PLUS:List B: either A)Show ANY document with your NAME and SIGNATURE (Examples: Social security card, credit card with a signature, any other document which has the voter۪s name and signature.); or B)SIGN an official AFFIDAVIT OF IDENTITY form provided by the polling place officials (does not require a notary).
You do not need to provide ID if you’ve already voted in Tennessee at least once, or if you registered to vote in person.
If you registered to vote in person, you may vote by absentee ballot. If you registered to vote by mail, you cannot vote by absentee ballot. You must vote in person the first time you vote.
Once the Tennessee election commission issues your absentee ballot, you cannot change your mind and vote in person. You can only vote by mail.
In Tennessee, you may request an application for by-mail voting no earlier than 90 days before the election.