‚ÄčEligible Voters Can Now Request an Absentee By-Mail Ballot for August Election

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. Eligible Tennesseans can request a ballot to vote absentee by-mail for the Aug. 6 State and Federal Primary and County General election without ever leaving their home.

Tennessee state law provides numerous ways to vote absentee by-mail. You can vote absentee by-mail if you fall under one of the following categories:

You will be outside the county where you are registered during the early voting period and all day on Election Day.

You or your spouse are a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county where you are registered.

You are on the permanent absentee list (see question 4 below).

You reside in a nursing home, assisted living facility or home for the aged outside your county of residence.

You will be unable to vote in-person due to jury duty.

You are sixty (60) years of age or older.

You have a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place.

You are hospitalized, ill or physically disabled and unable to appear at your polling place to vote; and/or you have determined it is impossible or unreasonable to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation.

You are the caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled, and/or you have determined it is impossible or unreasonable to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation.

You are a candidate for office in the election.

You serve as an Election Day official or as a member or employee of the election commission.

You are observing a religious holiday that prevents you from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day.

You or your spouse possess a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and you will be working outside the state or county of registration during the open hours of early voting and Election Day and have no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to which mail may be sent or received during such time.

You are a member of the military or are an overseas citizenFor a more exhaustive list of statutory reasons to vote absentee by-mail go to <GoVoteTN.com>. Voters who meet a reason under Tennessee law to vote absentee by-mail can submit a written request to their local election commission by mail, fax or email.

Your written request must include:

Your name

Address where you live

Full social security number

Date of birth

The address to mail the ballot to, if different than your home address

For the August election, to receive a primary ballot, you must request either a Republican or Democratic primary ballot. If a party is not specified, you will only receive the general election ballot.

Which of the qualifying reasons you meet to vote absentee by-mail. For example, I am 60 years old.

Your signature

While not required, a phone number is recommended in case your election commission needs any additional information.

To submit a request by email, attach a document with all the necessary information and your scanned signature.

Requests must be received by your local election commission no later than seven (7) days before the election. For the Aug. 6 State and Federal Primary and County General Election, complete absentee by-mail requests must be received by July 30.

For more information about who is eligible to vote absentee by-mail or to find your local election commission, visit www.GoVoteTN.com