Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 11
General Election: November 8
How Can I Vote?
Tennessee requires an excuse to vote by mail. Voters who qualify to vote by mail include:
Full-time students at accredited colleges and universities located outside their county of registration, and their spouses
Voters with physical disabilities who are assigned to an inaccessible polling place
Military members and U.S. citizens located overseas
For a full list of qualifying excuses, visit: sos.tn.gov/products/elections/absentee-voting
Applications for absentee ballots must be mailed, emailed, or faxed to your county election commission office so that they are received no later than 7 days before Election Day.
An application form is available at:
Completed absentee ballots must be returned by mail so that they are received by the county election commission by the closing of the polls on Election Day. You cannot hand deliver it.
Any registered voter may vote early in person. Early in-person voting is usually available starting 20 days before an election and ends 5 days before an election.
For polling place locations and hours, visit:
Polling place opening times vary by county. All polls close at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central Standard Time. If you are in line by the closing time, then you have the right to vote.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
Voters must show a government-issued photo ID when voting in person at the polls during the early voting period or on Election Day.
If this is your first time voting since registering in Tennessee, you must vote in-person unless you are on the the permanent absentee voting list or are a participant in the address confidentiality program.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
Tennessee driver's license with a photo;
Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security
Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
Military photo ID
Tennessee handgun carry permit card with a photo.
For more information about Tennessee's voter ID requirements, please visit: