You may request an absentee ballot for one of the following reasons:
- You are 60 years of age or older.
- You will be outside your county during all hours of early voting and before the polls close on Election Day.
- 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 physically disabled person
- (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.
- You are a full-time student or spouse of a full-time student outside your county.
- You reside in a licensed facility, outside your county, providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, i.e. Nursing Home.
- 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 will be serving on jury duty.
- You are a voter with a disability and your polling place is inaccessible.
- You or your spouse possess a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and you will be out of the county of registration during the hours of early voting and Election Day. (Enclose a copy of the CDL or TWIC required)
- You are a member of the military or are an overseas citizen.
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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.