Upcoming Elections in Tennessee

Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-3-201. Hours of election: Polling places shall be open for voting for a minimum of ten (10) continuous hours but no more than thirteen (13) hours. All polling places in counties in the eastern time zone shall close at eight o'clock p.m. (8:00 p.m.) prevailing time and polling places in counties in the central time zone shall close at seven o'clock p.m. (7:00 p.m.) prevailing time.

In any county having a population of not less than one hundred twenty thousand (120,000) according to the 1970 federal census or any subsequent federal census, all polling places shall open by eight o'clock a.m. (8:00 a.m.) prevailing time, but nothing shall prevent an earlier opening time in the discretion of the county election commission.

In the case of municipal elections in a municipality having a population of not more than five thousand (5,000), according to the 1980 federal census or any subsequent federal census, where there is no opposition for any of the offices involved, the polling places shall open at the hour of ten o'clock a.m. (10:00 a.m.) and close at the hour of six o'clock p.m. (6:00 p.m.).

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

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

May 3, 2016 - ELECTION DAY (County primaries if applicable)
Voter registration deadlineApril 4, 2016
First day of early votingApril 13, 2016
Deadline for receiving an application for a by-mail ballot.April 26, 2016
Last day to vote early in person.April 28, 2016
August 4, 2016 - Primary ELECTION DAY (State Primary and County General) August
First day to receive requests for by-mail ballots from persons other than military and overseas voters.May 6, 2016
Deadline to mail ballots to military and overseas voters who have filed an application for ballot by this date.June 20, 2016
Last day to register to vote in State Primary (in person)July 5, 2016
First day to vote early (in person)July 15, 2016
Last day to apply for absentee ballot by mail. (application must be recieved by this day)July 28, 2016
Last day for early voting (in person)July 30, 2016
November 8, 2016 - General ELECTION DAY (State and Federal General Election) November
Last day to register to vote in General Election (in person)October 11, 2016
First day to vote early (in person)October 19, 2016
Last day to apply for absentee ballot by mail. (application must be recieved by this day)November 1, 2016
Last day for early voting (in person)November 3, 2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Collierville Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Stan R. Joyner, Jr. - Population(43,965)
  • Hendersonville Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Scott Foster - Population(51,372)
  • Johnson City Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Ralph Van Brocklin - Population(63,152)
November 8, 2016

Time Off For Voting: Yes

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.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

All voters must present a federal or Tennessee state ID containing the voter’s name and photograph when voting at the polls, whether voting early or on Election Day. The information on this website is provided to ensure that all Tennessee voters have access to information about the new law.

What IDs are acceptable?

  • Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:
  • Tennessee driver 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 Tennessee state government
  • United States Military photo ID
  • Tennessee handgun carry permit with your photo

Who is exempt?

  • Voters who vote absentee by mail (view requirements here)
  • A current photo identification with voter’s name and photo OR
  • If the photo identification is expired, the voter must also present one of the following: a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address.

Is an expired photo ID acceptable?

  • Yes, as long as it was validly issued by the federal or Tennessee state government and contains the name and photograph of the voter.

What if I don’t bring a photo ID to the polling place?

  • If you don’t bring a photo ID, you will vote a provisional ballot. You will then have two (2) business days after Election Day to return to the election commission office to show a valid photo ID. Upon returning to the election commission office, the voter will sign an affidavit and a copy of the voter’s photo ID will be made to be reviewed by the counting board.

What if I don’t have a photo ID?

  • You may obtain a free photo ID to vote from the Department of Safety and Homeland Security at any participating driver service center across the state. You may use the “express service” line at the driver service center to obtain your photo ID to minimize wait times. Visit the Department of Safety and Homeland Security web site for more information.

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Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Tennessee does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

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