Voter Registration: Tennessee


Registration Deadline: A qualified voter must be properly registered no later than 30 days before the election. The election commission office will process any by-mail voter registration form that has been postmarked at least 30 days before the election. 


Age: Must be 18 years or older on or before the date of the election

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a resident of Tennessee. View Guidelines for Determining Residency and special considerations for Homeless Persons Residency and Non-resident Property Owners.  

Felony Convictions: If you have been convicted of a felony, your eligibility to register and vote depends upon the crime you were convicted of and the date of your conviction. If your conviction made you ineligible, you may regain your eligibility if your conviction has been expunged or if you have had your voting rights restored, unless you were convicted of a crime that rendered you permanently ineligible to vote. For more information click here


Online: Online Voter Registration Link


In person: Pick up voter registration applications in person at the following locations:

   -County Election Commission Offices

   -County Clerk’s Offices

   -Public Libraries

   -Register of Deeds Offices

Or during a transaction with one of the following agencies:

   - Department of Health (WIC program),

   - Department of Human Services,

   - Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

   -Department of Mental Health

   -Department of Safety (motor vehicles division)

   -Department of Veteran’s Affairs


By mail/ in writing: Download and complete the voter registration application and mail it to your county election commission. Federal law requires first time voters who register by mail to present one of the following: A current photo identification with voter’s name and photo OR If the photo identification is expired, the voter must also present one of the following: a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address.


Online: Voter Registration Verification


To vote by mail, a registered voter must fall under one of the following categories listed here on the website. For early voting in person, the voter may vote purely for the sake of convenience.



By mail, fax, or e-mail: You must submit a written request containing the information below to your local county election commission office by the seventh day before Election Day. You can use the absentee ballot request form to make sure all required information is provided.


You can submit your written request for an absentee ballot by mail, fax, or e-mail. If e-mailing your request, be sure the attached document contains the information below and your scanned signature: 

  1. Name of the registered voter

  2. Address of the voter's residence

  3. Voter's social security number

  4. Voter's date of birth

  5. Address to mail the ballot

  6. The election in which the voter wishes to participate. If the election involves a primary, the political party in which the voter wishes to participate.

  7. Reason the voter wishes to vote absentee. If applicable, a copy of the CDL containing the CDL number or the TWIC card must be included in the voter’s request.

  8. Voter's signature

Military and overseas voting: Tennessee Military and Overseas Voting Information



The county election commission must receive the ballot by mail no later than the close of polls on election day. The by-mail ballot must be received by the county election commission office through the postal mail and cannot be hand delivered.



To vote early, a person must appear in person at either the county election commission office or at a satellite voting location opened by the county election commission. The early voting period typically begins twenty (20) days before an election and ends five (5) days before an election. Although closed from voting on holidays, a person may vote early on any Saturday that falls during this time frame.  In those instances in a city election where there is not any opposition on the ballot, there shall be no early voting period.



All voters must present a federal or Tennessee state ID containing the voter’s name and photograph when voting at the polls, whether voting early or on Election Day unless they qualify for an exemption.


Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:

*Tennessee driver license with your photo

*United States Passport

*Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

*Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government

*United States Military photo ID

*Tennessee handgun carry permit with your photo

College student IDs and photo IDs not issued by the federal or Tennessee state government are NOT acceptable. This includes county or city issued photo IDs, such as library cards, and photo IDs issued by other states.

For more information click here


GoVote TN Mobile App

The GoVoteTN Mobile App is the easiest way for Tennessee voters to find their Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots, see their elected officials, districts and county election commission information as well as access online election results. Voters can download the free app in the App Store or Google Play to view voter specific information. State law allows voters to use the GoVoteTN app inside polling locations. For more information, visit



Deciding how to vote:

Verifying absentee ballot status: Click on this link

Verifying Polling Place: Click on this link

Problems with voting: you may file a General Complaint with the State Coordinator of Elections or the local county election commission office

File a violation of Title III with the Title III HAVA Complaint Form.