Absentee Ballot Information
DOWNLOAD APPLICATIONBy Mail Absentee Voting
Reasons – A registered voter in any of the following circumstances may vote absentee by mail: T.C.A. § 2-6-201
- Persons Outside of County – The voter who will be outside the county where the voter is registered during the early voting period and on election day during all the hours the polls are open for any reason other than the fact that the voter will be imprisoned;
- Students and Spouses Outside of County- The voter or the voter’s spouse who is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college, university or similar accredited institution of learning in this state which is outside the county where the voter is registered.
- Voters on the Permanent Absentee Voting Register – A voter whose licensed physician has filed not less than seven (7) days before the election a statement 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 the purpose of early voting.
- Residents of Certain Institutions Outside of County – Voters who are full time residents of a licensed nursing home, home for the aged or similar licensed institution providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside the voter’s county of residence.
- Jurors – A voter who expects to be unable to appear during the early voting period or at the polling place on election day because the person is serving as a juror for a federal or state court;
- Persons Over 60 – Persons Hospitalized, Ill or Disabled
- A voter who is sixty (60) years of age or older;
- A voter with a disability whose polling place is inaccessible;
- A voter who is hospitalized, ill or physically disabled, and because of such condition, cannot appear at the person’s polling place on Election Day; or
- The voter who is a caretaker of a hospitalized, ill or disabled person.
- Candidates for Office – The voter who is a candidate for office in the election for which the voter seeks to cast an absentee ballot;
- Election Officials – The voter who serves an election official or a member or employee of the election commission on Election Day.
- Observance of a Religious Holiday – The voter who cannot appear during the early voting period or at the polling place because of observance of a religious holiday.
- Persons Possessing a Valid Commercial Driver License (COL)and Spouses – The voter or the voter’s spouse who cannot appear during early voting or at the polling place because the voter possessing the COL will be working outside of the county or state. The voter must provide a photocopy of the commercial driver license along with the commercial driver license number on the application, if applicable. Under this exception, the absentee ballot can be sent to an address within the county; however, if the voter registered by mail the voter must vote in person at the first election and cannot request an absentee ballot until that requirement is met.
- Persons Possessing a Valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIG)- The voter who cannot appear during early voting or at the polling place because the voter will be working outside the county or state. The voter must provide a photocopy of the TWIC along with the voter’s absentee request. Under this exception, the absentee ballot can be sent to an address within the county; however, if the voter registered by mail the voter must vote in person at the first election and cannot request an absentee ballot until that requirement is met.