The League of Women Voters helps citizens to be informed voters. The elections in 2020, which will be held under the threat of a pandemic, are especially challenging and voters want to know more about all of their options for voting safely and securely.
Who can vote as absentee?
UPDATE: Pursuant to the June 4, 2020 Order of the Davidson County Chancery Court, if you are a registered voter and do not wish to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation, you are eligible to request an absentee ballot by mail. You also have the option to vote in-person during early voting or on Election Day. Read the news release: https://wpln.org/post/nashville-judge-rules-state-should-lift-absentee-voting-restrictions/
- The Tennessee Secretary of State lists the specific requirements to qualify for absentee voting on their website.
You can request an absentee ballot as a non-military citizen living in the U.S. or as a military member or U.S. citizen living abroad.
- Ask for an application for a mail-in ballot no earlier than 90 days before the election and no later than 7 days before the election.
- You can download the absentee request form online.
- To request your mail-in absentee ballot via mail, email, or fax, contact your local county election commission office with the following information (you can find your local county election commission’s email and address here.)
- Your name
- Your address (permanent residence!)
- Your social security number
- Your date of birth
- If you’re living outside of your county (in college or travelling for example) then the address to which you want the ballot mailed
- The election for which you want an absentee ballot, and if it’s a primary, your party of choice
- The reason you wish to vote absentee
- Your signature
Tip #1: If you accidentially mess up your ballot or fail to receive it in the mail, you can request a replacement. It will be marked in your records that you received a replacement.
To cast your ballot and be counted, your county’s election commission must receive the ballot by mail no later than the close of polls on election day.
IMPORTANT: Where you live determines where you vote, so be sure to let the election commission in your county know when you move.
- Here is a list to find your local election commissions.