1 South Side Square
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: (615) 898-7743
Fax: (615) 898-7938
Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1. What is absentee voting?
Absentee voting is a voting method that involves voting on a day earlier than the actual election day.
Tennessee has two forms of absentee voting:
To vote as an early voter, a registered voter may vote without giving a reason during the established early voting period. The early voting period typically begins twenty (20) days before an election and ends five (5) days before an election with the exception of the Presidential Preference Primary which ends seven (7) days before election. In those instances in a city election where there is not any opposition on the ballot, there shall be no early voting period.
To vote by mail, a registered voter must fall under one of the following categories:
To request a by-mail absentee ballot, mail, fax or email with an attached document which includes a scanned signature the following information directly to your local county election commission office:
A request that contains this information will be processed and a ballot will be mailed to the voter.
Unless an individual who has registered to vote
by mail is on the permanent absentee voting
register, that person must appear in person to vote
in the first election after the registration becomes
effective. If a by-mail registrant has already voted
in person since the registration, then no additional information
will be required to vote by mail.
5. How can a person who possesses a valid commercial driver license (or the spouse of a person possessing a valid commercial driver license) or a transportation worker identification credential and who will be working outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on election day vote? If the voter (or spouse) possesses a valid commercial driver license or the voter possesses a valid transportation worker credential card and does not have a specific out-of-county or out-of-state location to which mail may be sent or received during the early voting or election day hours, the voter may:
A registered voter may request an application
for by-mail ballot no earlier than ninety (90)
days before the election and no later than
seven (7) days before the election. To be
processed for the next election, the
application must be received by the election commission
no later than seven (7) days before the election.
The county election commission must receive the
ballot by mail no later than the close of
polls on election day. Once the election
commission issues an absentee by-mail ballot
to a voter, the voter can only vote by mail.
If a voter notifies the election commission that
he or she has “spoiled” a ballot or has not
received the ballot, the election commission
shall note on the records that subsequent
supplies have been sent and supply the voter
with subsequent voting supplies.
The county election commission will reject the
application and return the application to the voter immediately by mail
to be completed and returned again. If time permits, any rejected
application must be corrected and returned to the County Election
Commission by the seventh (7th) day before the Election.
No. The by-mail ballot must be received by the county election commission office through the postal mail.