State of Tennessee Voting Requirements

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

Election Day Voting

Polling place hours vary by county. Please check http://web.go-vote-tn.elections.tn.gov/ for up to date hours by location.

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Early Voting

Any registered voter may vote early in person during the established early voting period. Early voting period typically begins 20 days before an election and ends 5 days before an election. Hours may vary - contact your local elections office for hours and availability of early voting.

Absentee Voting

To vote by absentee ballot by mail, a registered voter must fall into one of the following categories:

  • The voter will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on election day
  • The voter or the voter’s spouse is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county of registration
  • The voter’s licensed physician has filed a statement with the county election commission stating that, in the physician's judgment, the voter is medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed not less than seven (7) days before the election and signed under the penalty of perjury
  • The voter resides in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside the voter's county of residence
  • The voter will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a federal or state court
  • The voter is sixty (60) years of age or older
  • The voter has a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place
  • The voter is hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled and because of such condition, cannot vote in person
  • The voter is a candidate for office in the election
  • The voter serves as an election day official or as a member or employee of the election commission
  • The voter’s observance of a religious holiday prevents him or her from voting in person during the early voting period and on election day
  • The voter or the voter’s spouse possesses a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or the voter possesses a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and certifies that he or she will be working outside the state or county of registration during the open hours of early voting and Election Day, and has no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to which mail may be sent or received during such time
  • The voter is a member of the military or is an overseas citizen

Note that any voter, without cause, may vote absentee in person.

You are eligible to vote in Tennessee if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Are a resident of Tennessee
  • Are a U.S citizen
  • You must not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, your voting rights must have been restored.

Student Eligibility

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in Tennessee if:

  • Tennessee does not accept student ID; refer to Tennessee Identification Requirements section
  • You reside in Tennessee but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in Tennessee

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Tennessee you should provide:

  • Your Social Security Number

Voting In-Person

In Tennessee, you need to show a valid ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Valid Federal Issued ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid Tennessee Driver's License
  • Valid ID Issued by the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security
  • Valid Military ID
  • License to Carry Concealed Weapon or Firearm

An expired ID is acceptable. Please check http://sos.tn.gov/products/elections/what-id-required-when-voting for complete information on acceptable voter ID.

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Absentee Ballot Request

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