It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the rules, guidelines, and deadlines around voting. Luckily, we’ve distilled down all the must-know information into one easy-to-read FAQ! Take a second to check out these tips from the Davidson County Election Commission and you’ll be well on your way to earning your “I Voted” sticker for the November 3rd elections!
What do you need to register online?
To register to vote online, you just need a TN Drivers License! That’s it! If you don’t have this, you’ll have to register by mail. You can download and fill out the paperwork here, but remember, it has to have been postmarked by October 5th in order to vote on November 3rd. If you just want to double check your status, or need to update your info, you can do that right here, too!
What if I’ve moved recently?
If you’ve moved since last voting, you should update your information here. This will save you some hassle on election day to make sure you spend as little time at the polling station as possible!
Election day is always so busy. How do I vote early to avoid the lines?
The early voting period in Nashville begins 20 days before the election day and ends five days prior to the election day. That means for the November 3rd elections, you can vote early between October 14 and October 29. No need to worry about finding your own polling location; early voters can vote at any of the locations noted here.
Over 52,000 Nashvillians voted early in the August 6th primaries, and we’d love to see that number grow even larger this fall!
I’m concerned about standing in line due to the pandemic. Can I vote by mail?
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, more people than usual may qualify to vote by mail (absentee). Please review this specific wording from the Davidson County Election Commission to determine whether or not you may meet this criteria:
“You are hospitalized, ill or physically disabled and unable to appear at your polling place to vote. Voters with underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 can use this reason. A doctor’s statement is not required. Call your doctor for guidance.“
“You are a caretaker of a hospitalized, ill or physically disabled person. Voters caring for someone with underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 can use this reason. A doctor’s statement is not required. Call your doctor for guidance.“
For a complete list of criteria that may allow you to vote absentee, please check here. Remember, you only need to meet one of these in order to qualify. Absentee Ballot Requests are open NOW until October 27th, and the sooner you apply the better. With ongoing uncertainty regarding USPS delivery times, we advise requesting your absentee ballot as early as possible.