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.

Be A Voter

Key Dates

Oct 11

Voter Registration Deadline

Oct 19 – Nov 3

Early Voting

Oct 20

Recommended General Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

Nov 1

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

Nov 8

Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Return Deadline

Nov 8

Election Day

Tennessee Voter Guide

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

    We're working with BallotReady 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
  • Can I vote by mail?

    No. Only certain voters are eligible to vote absentee by mail. Learn more and request a ballot if you qualify.

  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! October 19th to November 3rd.

  • 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
  • How do I cast my ballot?

    If you are voting absentee, you must return your ballot by mail. For in-person voting, the time your local polling places opens varies, but they will all be open until 8pm Eastern time. You can find the polling place closest to you here.

    Find Your Polling Place


  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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  • Find the details on accessible voting in your state, including early voting, Election Day voting, mail voting, and accessible mail voting tools for people with print disabilities.

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