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Time off for voting

Employees who begin their work day less than 3 hours after polls open and finish less than 3 hours before polls close are entitled to up to 3 hours paid leave to vote. The employee must request leave by noon the day before Election Day. The employer can set the time for leave to vote.

2014 Important Events Calendar

April 2014 Dates
Filing deadline for primary Ballot access - NoonApril 3, 2014 -
Independent Filing deadline for General Election - NoonApril 3, 2014
May 2014 Dates
County Primary Election Day.May 6, 2014
July 2014 Dates
Ballot RequestJuly 31, 2014 -
RegistrationJuly 31, 2014
August 2014 Dates
Ballot ReturnAugust 7, 2014 -
Congressional PrimaryAugust 7, 2014
October 2014 Dates
Last day to register to vote in person and by postmark with the local County Election Commission Office.October 6, 2014
First day a voter may vote early by personal appearance. Election commission office must be open two (2) Saturdays during the early voting period.October 15, 2014
Ballot Request Deadline - Last day an Administrator of Elections may process an application for absentee ballot.October 28, 2014 -
Last day a voter may vote early by personal appearance.October 30, 2014
November 2014 Dates
An employee eligible to vote pursuant to TCA 2-1-106 must notify his/her employer by 12:00 NOON prevailing time on this date.November 3, 2014 -
November General Election DayNovember 4, 2014
Ballot ReturnNovember 4, 2014 -

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use tnmap.tn.gov If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk


Poll Hours: most polling places are open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. All precincts close at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and 7:00 p.m. Central.

    Early Voting Period: October 15th - October 30th

    • Through the first seven days of early voting, 224,721 people across the state have taken advantage of the opportunity to cast their ballots early
    • People can vote early at their county election commission office or, in some counties, at satellite voting locations around their communities.Read More ...

    Bring Appropriate identification with you to the polls

    • All voters must present an ID containing the voter’s name and photograph when voting at the polls, whether voting early or on Election Day.

    Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:

    • Tennessee drivers license with your photo
    • United States Passport
    • Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
    • Photo ID issued by the federal or any state government
    • United States Military photo ID
    • State-issued handgun carry permit with your photo

    What IDs are not acceptable?

    • College student IDs and photo IDs not issued by the federal or a state government are NOT acceptable.

    Who is exempt?

    • Voters who vote absentee by mail (view requirements here)
    • Voters who are residents of a licensed nursing home or assisted living center and who vote at the facility
    • Voters who are hospitalized
    • Voters with a religious objection to being photographed
    • Voters who are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee

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