In Tennessee voters who meet certain criteria may request an absentee ballot from their county Election Commission.
The last day for the Election Commission to receive your request for an absentee ballot is October 27.
The completed ballot must be mailed back to the Election Office before the end of Election Day (November 3, 2020).
Here are some other things to keep in mind when voting absentee in the November 3, 2020 General Election:
- If you apply for an absentee ballot, you must use it or you will only be able to vote with a provisional ballot in person.
- Make sure to provide complete answers to all the questions on the form.
- Your election commission must receive the ballot by the close of polls on Election Day. Some postal officials suggest mailing your ballot 7 days before Election Day to be safe, which would mean mailing your ballot by October 27 for the November 3 election.
- Election law requires all absentee ballots be mailed. Your local election commission cannot accept ballots that are dropped off at their office.
- Do not detach the signature flap. It will be detached at the election office. The signature flap at the bottom of your ballot will be verified at the election office, then detached from the rest of the ballot. Your vote will then be counted separately from the verified signature flap.
- The signature on your absentee ballot request form and your absentee ballot are compared to your signature in the registration record, so sign with care.