We had a whole different thing written for Tennessee when we found out your nickname was the Volunteer State because of the role volunteer soldiers played in the War of 1812. Good news: We have plenty of things for you to do that are not as risky as the Battle of New Orleans. Like vote. Here’s what you need to know to be a voter (and volunteer) in Tennessee this year. Tennessee will be holding its statewide primary and general elections on August 4 and November 8, respectively. Local elections will be taking place on May 3 as well. (Source: Ballot Ready)

Be A Voter

Key Dates

May 3

Local elections

Jul 5

Primary Registration

Jul 28

Primary Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Jul 15 – Jul 30

Primary Early Voting

Aug 4

Primary Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Aug 4

Primary Election

Nov 8

General Election

Tennessee Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    We're working with Vote.org to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

    register here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Sadly, no. So do it now! Then reward yourself with a cookie.

    register here
  • Do I have to be registered as a Democrat or Republican to vote in my primary?

    Nope! Tennessee voters do not register by party and do not need to be formally affiliated with a political party in order to vote in its primary.

  • Can I vote by mail?

    No. But there are exceptions that will allow you to vote absentee. Learn if you can do that here.

    TN Secretary of State Site
  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! Early voting is available from July 15th-July 30th, 2022.

  • Do I need an ID?

    Yes, yes you do. A Tennessee driver license or state ID, US passport, a federal or state issued ID, military ID, or handgun carry permit all work. Get all the details below from VoteRiders.

    learn more

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