Tennessee Dates

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Tennessee Elections Schedule

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

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
March 1, 2016 - Primary: ELECTION DAY (Presidential Preference Primary and County Primary) March
August 4, 2016 - Primary ELECTION DAY (State Primary and County General) August
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Deadline to mail ballots to military and overseas voters who have filed an application for ballot by this date.
January 16, 2016
  • Voter registration deadline for March 1,2016 Primary Election
February 1, 2016
  • Primary: First day to receive requests for by-mail ballots from persons other than military and overseas voters. May
February 3, 2016
  • Primary: First day to vote early in person. March
February 10, 2016
  • Primary: Last day to vote early in person. March
  • Primary: Deadline for receiving an application for a by-mail ballot. March
February 23, 2016
  • Primary: Withdrawal deadline, 12:00 NOON prevailing time, for May county primary candidates. May
February 25, 2016
  • Primary: Deadline to mail ballots to military and overseas voters who have filed an application for ballot by this date. May
March 19, 2016
  • Primary: Voter registration deadline. May
April 4, 2016
  • Primary: First day of early voting. May
April 13, 2016
  • Primary: Withdrawal deadline, 12:00 NOON prevailing time, for state/federal primary candidates and independent candidates of these offices. August, November
April 14, 2016
  • Primary: Deadline for receiving an application for a by-mail ballot. May
April 26, 2016
  • Primary: Last day to vote early in person. May
April 28, 2016
  • Primary: First day to receive requests for by-mail ballots from persons other than military and overseas voters. August
May 6, 2016
  • Primary: Deadline to mail ballots to military and overseas voters who have filed an application for ballot by this date. August
June 20, 2016
  • Primary: Voter registration deadline. August
July 5, 2016
  • Primary: First day to vote early in person. August
July 15, 2016
  • Primary: Deadline for receiving an application for a by-mail ballot. August
July 28, 2016
  • Primary: Last day to vote early in person. August
July 30, 2016
  • General: Primary: First day to receive requests for by-mail ballots from persons other than military and overseas voters. November
August 10, 2016
  • General: Withdrawal deadline, 12:00 NOON prevailing time, for independent presidential candidates and municipal candidates. November
August 25, 2016
  • General: Deadline to mail ballots to military and overseas voters who have filed an application for ballot by this date. November
September 24, 2016
  • General: Voter registration deadline. November
October 11, 2016
  • General: First day vote early in person. November
October 19, 2016
  • General: Deadline for receiving an application for a by-mail ballot. November
November 1, 2016
  • General: Last day to vote early in person. November
November 3, 2016
  • 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)
  • General ELECTION DAY (State and Federal General Election) November
November 8, 2016

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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Tennessee Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)

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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.

Important Note:

While we are working to give you up-to-date information, we urge you to be proactive! In order to ensure you have all the information you need before casting your vote, you should also check with your state and local election officials for information about additional requirements or regulations.

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