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Election Day is November 6

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which forms of ID can be used to vote?

Acceptable (even if expired!):

  • Tennessee driver license with your photo
  • United States Passport
  • Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
  • Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
  • United States Military photo ID
  • Tennessee handgun carry permit with your photo

Not acceptable:

  • College student ID
  • Library cards
  • IDs issued by municipal/county governments (not state of Tennessee)
  • IDs issued by other states
  • Tennessee driver license without your photo

Voters exempt from the photo ID requirement:

  • Those voting by mail-in absentee ballot (who have voted in person since they registered to vote)
  • Residents of a licensed nursing home or assisted living center who will be voting at that facility
  • Voters who are hospitalized
  • Voters with a religious objection to being photographed
  • Voters who are indigent and are unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee

Federal law requires first time voters who register by mail to present one of the following:

    • A current photo identification with voter’s name and photo or
  • If the photo identification is expired, the voter must also present one of the following: a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address.

When can I vote early?

10/17/18-11/1/18, days and hours vary by polling location. Tennessee has no-excuse early voting, so you can vote early for any reason! Find out where to vote early here.

How do I vote absentee?

If you will be out of town during Early Voting and on Election Day, are at least 60 years old, disabled, or meet other criteria, submit an absentee ballot request form by mail, fax, or email. Fill out your ballot and mail it back to your county election office, to be received no later than close of polls on Election Day. Click here to get started. 

Where can I find out if I am registered to vote?

You can check your voter registration and see your polling location here!

When are the polls open?

Polling hours for early voting and Election Day voting vary by county and polling location. To find your polling location’s hours, look up your registration at or on the GoVoteTN app. You can also check with your local county election commission here.

What are my rights?

You have the right to:

  • Cast a provisional ballot if you are registered to vote IN THE COUNTY but do not appear on the list.
  • Receive help voting inside the voting booth from a friend, family member, or poll worker.
  • Request and receive a new ballot if you make a mistake.
  • Request and receive 3 hours of paid leave to vote. Requests must be submitted by noon on Monday, November 5, and employers may choose when during the day employees may take those hours off. Employees are not entitled to this time off if their polling location is open three hours before or three hours after your shift.
  • Cast a provisional ballot if you are registered to vote at this polling location but do not appear on the list.

What if I need more help?

Reach out to our Voter Protection Hotline at 855-844-VOTE.

How can I help protect the vote?

Poll watchers work with elections officials to ensure that no eligible voter is turned away at the polls. Sign up here to be a poll watcher. Once you sign up, someone from the Voter Protection Team will contact you with more information on attending a training or watching a webinar.

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