You may request an absentee ballot for one of the following reasons:
- You will be outside the county where you are registered during the early voting period and all day on Election Day.
- You or your spouse are a a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county where you are registered.
- You are on the permanent absentee list.
- You reside in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or home for the aged outside your county of residence.
- You will be unable to vote in-person due to jury duty.
- You are sixty (60) years of age or older.
- You have a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place.
- You are hospitalized, ill or physically disabled and unable to appear at your polling place to vote.
- You are the 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.
- You are observing a religious holiday that prevents you from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day.
- You or your spouse possess a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and you will be working outside the state or county of registration during the open hours of early voting and Election Day and have no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to which mail may be sent or received during such time.
- You are a member of the military or are an overseas citizen.
MILITARY AND OVERSEAS PERSONNEL AND FAMILIES
We can begin accepting Form 76 Military Requests on December 4, 2019. These requests will remain active for the entire 2020 Election Year.
All Tennessee Voted Ballots must be MAILED to your County Election Commission Office and received by the close of polls on each Election Day.
LEGAL PROCESS FOR REQUESTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
We must receive your request in writing for an absentee ballot. You may request a ballot not more than (90) and not later than (7) days before the election. The request may serve as an application if all of the following information is given:
- name of registered voter;
- the address of voter’s residence;
- the voter’s social security number;
- the voter’s date of birth;
- the address to mail the ballot;
- reason for absentee voting;
- the election the voter wishes to participate in; (if primary, which party)
- signature of voter
The Election Commission will obtain a list of residents from the nursing home before each election. We will check that list to see who is a registered voter, and will go to the facility before the election to allow them to vote. Persons may vote at the office during the early voting period if they wish.
To be eligible for placement on the register, a voter shall file a statement by the person’s licensed physician with the county Election Commission stating, under the penalty of perjury, that in the physician’s professional medical judgment, the patient (voter) is medically unable to appear at the polling place to vote and is medically unable to go to the commission office for early voting. The statement shall be filed with the election commission office not less than (5) days before the election. You may print a Physician’s Statement form below, or pick one up at the Election Commission office. Once this form is filed, Individuals on the permanent absentee register are automatically mailed an application to vote by mail before each election. Voter may not go to the polls on election day, or vote early as long as on Permanent Absentee.