How to register to vote in Tennessee

Tennessee offers online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in Tennessee by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Who can 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 on or before the next election
  • not have been convicted of a felony, or if convicted, have had your voting rights restored
  • not be adjudicated incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction (or have been restored to legal capacity)
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here

Online voter registration

  • Tennessee offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: You must have a Tennessee driver’s license or Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security ID in order to submit this application online. If you do not have a Tennessee ID, you can still register by mail to vote.
  • You can register online to vote until Monday, October 5, 2020.

By-mail voter registration

Use the Tennessee voter registration form

You can also register to vote using the Tennessee voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020.

Use the National Voter Registration Form

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 – ID Number: Your full Social Security number is required. Social Security number, if any, is required for purposes of identification and to avoid duplicate registration (TCA 2.2.116).
  3. Box 7 – Choice of Party: Tennessee does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections.
  4. Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Optional.
  5. Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020.
  8. If you register by mail, you must vote in person the first time you vote after registering.
  9. If you are registering to vote for the first time in your jurisdiction and are mailing this registration application, Federal law requires you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes: A current and valid photo identification or A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address. More information here.

Election Day registration

Tennessee does not offer registration on Election Day.

In-person voter registration

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Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:
    • 35 days before election – On a ship at sea: September 28, 2020
    • 30 days before election – Outside of the US: October 2, 2020
    • 11 days before the election – Stateside: October 23, 2020
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Tennessee. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or email vote@fvap.gov

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Tennessee’s voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
  • The deadline to register online to vote is Monday, October 5, 2020.
  • The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Monday, October 5, 2020.
  • The deadline to register in person to vote is Monday, October 5, 2020.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
  • The early voting period runs from Wednesday, October 14, 2020 to Thursday, October 29, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

Election contact information for Tennessee

Address:
Secretary of State
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 7th Floor, Snodgrass Tower
Nashville, TN 37243

Phone Number:
(615) 741-7956