If you registered to vote by mail, you must vote in person in the first Tennessee election in which you vote. If you registered in person, you may vote absentee in your first election.
Tennessee absentee ballot deadlines
Absentee ballot application deadlines: Received by the Tuesday before Election Day
Voted ballots are due: Received by the close of polls on Election Day
Tennessee absentee ballot rules
You may vote by absentee ballot in Tennessee if:
you will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on Election Day;
you or your spouse are enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county of registration;
a licensed physician has filed a statement with the county election commission stating that, in the physician’s judgment, you are medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed not less than five (5) days before Election Day and signed under the penalty of perjury;
you reside in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside the voter’s county of residence;
you will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a federal or state court;
you are sixty (60) years of age or older;
you have a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place;
you are hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled and because of such condition, cannot vote in person;
you are the caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled;
you are a candidate for office in the election;
you serve as an Election Day official or as a member or employee of Election Day commission;
you will be observing a religious holiday which prevents you from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day;
you possess a valid commercial driver license and you certify that you will be working outside the state or county of registration during the early voting period and all day on Election Day;
you are a member of the military or is an overseas citizen.
Local Election Office: This is the government office responsible for running elections in your region. Theses are the best people to contact if you have any questions at all about voting in your state.