Election Rules

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 5

Early voting in Tennessee will take place from October 14 – October 27, contact your county election commission for location information.

Tennessee’s Address Confidentiality Program gives survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, trafficking, or other sexual offenses a substitute address that can be used for voter registration. Learn more here.

Restoration of Voting Rights After Felony Convictions: Those convicted of a felony can petition for the restoration of their voting rights after the completion of their sentence, or can receive restoration of rights through a pardon from the governor.

ID Requirements for Voting: Photo ID is required. If ID is not shown, voter can vote provisionally and return with an ID within 2 days for ballot to be counted.

Absentee Voting: Absentee voting requirements are suspended for any election taking place during the pandemic, anyone can request an absentee ballot for upcoming elections. An excuse is required to request an absentee ballot. Voters must submit a written request to the local county election commission office at least 7 days prior to the election. Voters can use the request form on the Secretary of State’s website and send by mail, fax, or email. View the excuses and request form here.

Gender Gaps in Representation

Tennessee ranks 49th in the country for women’s representation in the State Legislature.

Tennessee Congressional Delegation

Tennessee State Legislature

Voter Turnout

Tennessee had lower voter turnout than the United States overall in the 2016 Elections.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Percent Voter Turnout by Race

Other races not shown due to population size