En español | Tennessee’s Nov. 8 general election will decide races for governor and seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislature. The state’s primary was Aug. 4.
Redistricting has altered certain boundaries of U.S. congressional and state legislative districts. These changes may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.
Only some voters can request an absentee by-mail ballot, including anyone 60 or older, people who will be out of town throughout the early voting period and on Election Day, people who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities, and anyone who is hospitalized or has a physical disability that prevents them from going to a polling place. A full list of valid reasons is on the secretary of state’s website.
Apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail or by fax:
Applications cannot be submitted in person. All applications are due by Nov. 1.
Only return completed ballots with proper postage by mail. Ballots must be received by your county election commission before polls close on Election Day.
Use the state’s voter services portal to track the status of your absentee ballot.
Vote early at your county election commission office or a satellite location from Oct. 19 through Nov. 3. Hours and locations may vary by county. Contact your county election commission office for more information.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polling hours vary by county, but all locations close at 7 p.m. CT, 8 p.m. ET. You will be able to cast a ballot after the polls close if you were already in line. Use the state’s voter services portal to find your polling place.
You’ll need to show a federal or state-issued photo ID, such as a U.S. passport, Tennessee driver’s license or handgun carry permit. A full list of acceptable documents is on the secretary of state’s website.
If you forget your ID at home, you may cast a provisional ballot when voting in person. You must show a valid photo ID at your county election commission office no later than Nov. 10 for your vote to count. While you’re there, you also must sign an affidavit.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Aug. 8 with information about voting in the general election. The guide was first published on July 20, 2020.
This story is provided by AARP Tennessee. Visit the AARP Tennessee page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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