With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting has started in Tennessee!

You have until October 29, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

Yes! You can vote early in person in Tennessee.

  • 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. The exception is for the Presidential Preference Primary, when early voting ends seven (7) days before the 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.

Can you early vote by mail?

You will need to provide an excuse to vote by mail in Tennessee, but 100% of eligible voters can use COVID-19 as an excuse. It is up to the voter to determine their eligibility and no physician’s note is required. You can select 1 of 2 options:

  • You are hospitalized, ill or physically disabled and unable to appear at your polling place to vote (this includes persons who have underlying medical or health conditions which in their determination render them more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 or at greater risk should they contract it). For a list of underlying health conditions that makes a person more susceptible, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html. A physician’s statement is not required to check this box.
  • You are the caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled (this includes caretakers for persons who have underlying medical or health conditions which in their determination render them more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 or at greater risk should they contract it). For a list of underlying health conditions that makes a person more susceptible, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html. A physician’s statement is not required to check this box.

A recent district court case ruled that first time voters may vote by mail for the November 3, 2020 election.

What about on election day?

Polling place lookup

Find your polling place on this website.

ID requirements

Tennessee voters must provide their full social security number with their voter registration application.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

To register in Tennessee you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Tennessee
  • be at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • not be adjudicated incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction (or have been restored to legal capacity)
  • if you have been convicted of a felony, you may be able to register to vote. More information can be found here https://campaignlegal.org/restoreyourvote

Can I register online?

Tennessee voters must include their Tennessee driver's license number or state ID number, AND the last 4 digits of their social security number with their online voter registration application.

Register to vote online here