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Absentee Voting

You need to qualify to vote by mail in Tennessee such as absence during the early voting period as well as on Election Day. Check your eligibility here.

A registered voter may request an application for a by-mail ballot no earlier than ninety (90) days before the election and no later than seven (7) days before the election. To be processed for the next election, the application must be received by the election commission no later than seven (7) days before the election

You must submit a written request containing the information below to your local county election commission office by the seventh day before Election Day. You can use the absentee ballot request form to make sure all required information is provided.

See details of absentee voting and download the application here

Early Voting 

A registered voter may vote early without giving a reason. Early voting typically begins 20 days before the election and ends 5 days before the election. 

See details of early voting here

What to Expect
on Election Day

On Election Day, polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM local time. 

Find your polling location.

Voter ID Requirements

All voters must bring a valid photo ID to vote. Acceptable forms of photo ID include:

  • Tennessee driver’s license with photo
  • United States passport
  • Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
  • Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
  •  United States Military photo ID
  • Tennessee handgun permit ID with photo

Not acceptable IDs include:

  • College student IDs and photo IDs not issued by the federal or Tennessee state government

Click here for more information on voter ID in Tennessee

Language Access

Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters. 

Section 208

Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.” 

It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose. 

Have questions or need help voting?

Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683).

Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali. Click here for more information.