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.
Note: If you have never voted before and you registered to vote by mail, then you must vote IN-PERSON the first time you vote.
To vote by mail, you must meet one of the reasons listed below and submit a request no later than the 7th day before the election.
The deadline to request your ballot for the August 6 primary election is Thursday, July 30. Then, you must mail your ballot in time for your county election commission to receive it no later than the close of polls on Election Day.
To request an absentee ballot, click here to fill out the absentee by-mail ballot request form.
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 citizen.
4 simple steps to requesting your absentee by-mail ballot for the August 6 primary election:
Step 1 Verify you are registered to vote and meet the criteria to vote by mail
Step 2 Fill out the absentee by-mail ballot request form
Step 3 Find contact information for your election commission and email/mail them your completed absentee ballot request form by July 30
Step 4 Once you receive your ballot, return your ballot by mail in time for your county election commission to receive it no later than the close of polls on Election Day.
For comprehensive information about absentee by-mail voting, including answers to frequently asked questions, visit https://govotetn.com/absentee-ballots.html