Last update: 09-30-2022 2:25 PM EDT
Last update: 09-30-2022 2:25 PM EDT
Tennessee offers absentee by-mail ballots to voters who will be unable to vote in person under certain circumstances. All other voters are expected to vote in person. Tennessee offers early voting.
Who can register to vote?
To register in Tennessee you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of Tennessee
- be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
- not have been convicted of a felony, but if convicted, your eligibility to register and vote depends upon the crime you were convicted of and the date of your conviction. If your conviction has been expunged, you are not considered to have a felony conviction
- not be adjudicated incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction (or have been restored to legal capacity)
- You can find more information on voting rights restoration here
How do I vote in person?
Vote on Election Day
Voters in Tennessee can look up where to vote on Tennessee's site.
Tennessee does offer early voting. Learn more about voting early in Tennessee.
What to bring
You will need to show photo ID to vote in Tennessee.
Acceptable forms include (can be expired):
- Tennessee driver's license
- 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
College student IDs are not acceptable.
If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail and your ID is expired, you will also need to show proof of residence to vote. Acceptable forms include:
- copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck
- other government document that shows your name and address
Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. You will then have two (2) business days after Election Day to return to the election commission office to show a valid photo ID. Upon returning to the election commission office, the voter will sign an affidavit and a copy of the voter's photo ID will be made to be reviewed by the counting board.
For more information, please visit the Tennessee Secretary of State's website.
How do I vote by mail?
- Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
- Fill out the application completely.
- Submit the request to your local election office.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
Can I register to vote on Election Day?
Tennessee does not offer registration on Election Day.
What are key deadlines for the November 2022 election?
How do I see what's on my ballot?
Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting the GoVoteTN website or by downloading the GoVoteTN app.
How do I get help registering to vote?
TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!
How do I vote if I'm in the military or live overseas?
Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The completed FPCA can be submitted by mail, fax, or email. If submitting your request by email, you must include an attachment that contains the completed application and your scanned signature. Learn more about the FPCA process on the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website. Please contact your local election office for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your local election office may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Submit the application to your local election office.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible.
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your local election office first. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
How can I check my voter registration status?
How do I contact my state election office?
Can I trust this information?
These guides are researched, written, and updated by Democracy Works, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization. The information in these guides originates from official state sources and is reviewed by state election offices. The guides also link to authoritative state and local resources to provide additional information.
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