If you are a first-time voter who registered to vote by mail or online, you must appear in-person to vote (you cannot vote absentee). This rule does not apply if you are on the permanent absentee voting register or enrolled in the Safe at Home program.

COVID-19 info

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Tennessee, Tennessee Department of Health

Tennessee voter registration deadlines

  • In Person: 30 days before Election Day. If this falls on a Sunday or legal holiday, then the next business day.
  • By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day. If this falls on a Sunday or legal holiday, then the next business day.
  • Online: 30 days before Election Day. If this falls on a Sunday or legal holiday, then the next business day.

Election Day Registration:

N/A

Tennessee voter registration rules

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, or if convicted, have had your full rights of citizenship restored (or have received a pardon).

Tennessee voter registration directions

  1. Use our Register to Vote Tool to fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Sign and date your form. This is very important!
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form to the address we provide.
  4. Make sure you register before the voter registration deadline.