First Time Voters

  • You can register to vote onlinein person or by mail. Fill out the form carefully making sure to include all necessary information.

    IMPORTANT: Where you live determines where you vote, so be sure to let the election commission in your county know when you move.

    • To register online, visit Alternatively, you can download GoVoteTN, the free mobile app from the Tennessee Secretary of State. GoVoteTN also lets you keep track of your voter registration status and your voting precinct.
    • To register in person or by mail, complete the Mail-In Application for Voter Registration (Form SS-3010). This form is good for both in-person and mail-in registration. Use a blue or black ink pen and don’t forget questions #1 and #2 as they are easy to overlook. Next, mail your form to your local county election commission. Here is a list to find your local election commissions.

    TIP #1: Students may use their dorm’s street address to register.
    TIP #2: All 17 year-old’s are allowed to register in advance. However, their registration will be held back until the day they turn 18.

  • You should receive your voter registration card within 2-3 weeks. If not, call your county’s election commission.

  • To cast your ballot you will also need to bring a government-issued ID in addition to your voter registration card.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: You do not need a Real ID to vote.

    • If you do not have a government-issued ID, you can get a free photo ID (see “For Citizens Without Government-Issued Photo IDs”). Identification Licenses for Davidson county residents can be obtain at the Nashville/Downtown Express Station.
    • Student ID cards are not acceptable.
    • ID cards from other states are not acceptable.
    • Here is a useful Photo ID Checklist from the LWVN.
    • You can bring an expired photo ID as long as it was issued by the state of Tennessee or federal government.
    • If you forget your voter ID on Election Day, you are still allowed to vote on a provisional ballot. You then have two business days after Election Day to bring your valid photo ID to your county’s election commission office.
  • To find out which candidates will be on the ballot, check with your local election commission (see Davidson County’s Sample Ballots).

    • Research the candidates running for office, google the platforms of the parties they belong to (e.g., Democrat, Republican, Green, or Libertarian).
    • As a tool for the informed voter, The League of Women Voters Education Fund has launched a dedicaded website ( to provide non-partisan information to the public for both general and state-specific elections. Prior to every election for voters in Davidson County, LWVN contacts all candidates. Each of them is given the opportunity to state positions on key policy issues.
  • Your first vote!

    • During the “early voting” period you may cast your vote at any polling location within your county.
    • On Election Day you can cast your vote only at your assigned polling location. Your assigned polling loaction is printed on your voter registration card.

    TIP #3: As long as you are in line before the polls close, they will still let you cast your vote, so stick around!
    TIP #4: If for any reason you are turned down at the ballot box, you have the right to demand a provisional ballot.

  • Finally, make sure to keep your registration current. 

    • You do not have to re-register for every election.
    • You do have to re-register if you move to another county or state.
    • To easily keep track of or update your registration download the GoVoteTN app – available for Android, iPhone, and as web-based app.

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