In Tennessee, you don't have to wait until Election Day to vote. You can skip Election Day lines and vote early at a time that's convenient for you.
Vote Early in Person
- All voters are eligible to vote early in person - no excuse is needed.
- You can cast your vote in person at either your County Election Commission office or other Early Voting Centers from October 17, 2012 to November 1, 2012.
- Details regarding early voting locations and times from your local County Election Commission are available here.
Vote Early by Mail
In order to be eligible for early voting by mail, you must fall into any one of the following categories:
- You will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on Election Day
- You or your spouse is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county of registration
- Your 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 the election and signed under the penalty of perjury.
- You reside in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside your 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 65 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 a 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 the election commission
- Your observance of a religious holiday prevents you from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day
- You possess a valid commercial driver's license and certifies that he or she 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 an overseas citizen
To vote early by mail, send a document to your County Election Commission that contains the following information:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your social security number
- Address to mail the ballot outside the county (this applies only when the reason for voting by mail involves that you will be outside of the county during early voting and on election day)
- Reason you wish to vote absentee
- Your signature
The County Election Commission must receive your request for an absentee ballot by 7 days before the election. To ensure that you are able to return your absentee ballot on time, make sure to submit your application as soon as possible.
Once you have completed your absentee ballot, you must return it so that your County Election Commission receives your ballot by the close of polls on Election Day.