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Upcoming Elections in Tennessee

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

November 8,2016 - General ELECTION DAY (State and Federal General Election) November
Absentee Ballot Begins: First day to receive requests for by-mail ballots from persons other than military and overseas voters. November August 10,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens: Deadline to mail ballots to military and overseas voters who have filed an application for ballot by this date. September 24,2016
Voter Registration deadline - In Person: Last day to register to vote in General Election (in person) October 11,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: First day to vote early (in person) October 19,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Last day to apply for absentee ballot by mail. (application must be recieved by this day) November 1,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: 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
  • Electoral College Election
December 19, 2016

Can I Take 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

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 ID is required when voting?

  • 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

What IDs are not acceptable?

College student IDs and photo IDs not issued by the federal or Tennessee state government are NOT acceptable. This includes county or city issued photo IDs, such as library cards, and photo IDs issued by other states.

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

What if I registered by mail and am voting in my first election?

  • Federal law requires first time voters who register by mail to present one of the following:
  • 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.

Learn more about Voting at the Polls on Election Day

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Poll Hours: 7:00 AM- 8:00PM ET /7:00 PM CT

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 If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Am I eligible To Vote in Tennessee?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements of your State of residence. Check if you are eligible to vote in Tennessee

How/Where Do I Register To Vote in Tennessee?

Do you know how or where to register to vote in Tennessee? Click here for more information

What's on Tennessee ballot in 2016

Do you know what you are voting for in 2016? Click here to see what will be on the statewide and local ballots

Who Can Vote in Primaries in Tennessee?

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. Check if you are eligible to vote in Primary Elections in Tennessee

Can I Register To Vote At The Polls On Election Day?

Do you know if Tennessee if one of the States that allow voters to register at the polls on Election day? Click here for more information

Am I eligible To Vote Absentee Ballot in Tennessee?

Most States allow voters to vote using an absentee ballot under certain circumstances. Do you know if you are eligible to vote absentee ballot and how to vote absentee ballot in Tennessee? Check on the requirements for requesting and returning an absentee ballot

If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting Check if you need to re-register to vote