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.
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).List B:
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.