Vote Early TN
Who We Are:
We’re excited to introduce VoteEarlyTN, a nonpartisan public information initiative created by Congressman Jim Cooper designed to educate and excite people about early voting. This initiative allows participants to engage their community by “adopting” one of the 14 days of early voting between October 14-29, 2020. Participating groups can be large, small, or anywhere in between!
With early voting, we can safely and securely participate in our democracy. More and more Tennesseans are exploring their early voting options. For the August 6 primary, Davidson County had the highest number of early vote and absentee ballots cast in the last decade. An additional 30,000 voters requested absentee ballots, which is the largest we’ve seen in the past decade. Turnout is expected to double in size for the November election and we must be prepared.
However, Tennessee consistently ranks as the 3rd hardest state to vote in due to the thirty (30) day voter registration deadline, absentee (mail in) ballot restrictions and strict photo ID laws. During a pandemic, we face even more challenges. Voting in Tennessee isn’t easy at all, but it can be.
Why We Need VoteEarlyTN:
COVID-19 brings many challenges and uncertainties ahead of the 2020 election. Our goal is to reduce danger and avoid chaos and long lines at the polls. Early voting can be a proactive solution to:
How to Get Involved:
Participants can “adopt” one of the early vote days and share ways their community, network, fans and followers can get involved. Participating groups can be small, large, or anywhere in between! We will provide you with a toolkit including everything you need to make it great, as well as help customize the outreach to fit your platform and your audience.
How You Can Vote:
Absentee (mail in) voting:
- Request an absentee ballot before the October 27 deadline here.
- Want to know the status of your absentee ballot? Click here.
- First time voters MUST visit their local county election commission office and show their Tennessee federal ID before qualifying for an absentee ballot.
In person Early Voting:
- Early voting period: Wednesday, October 14 - Thursday, October 29
- Find your early voting polling location here.
In person Election Day:
- Election Day: Tuesday, November 3
- Polls will be open from 7am - 7pm CST
- Find your Election Day polling location here.
Tuesday, September 22 – National Register to Vote Day
Monday, October 5 – Voter Registration Deadline
Wednesday, October 14 – Early Voting Begins
Thursday, October 15 – Poll Worker Application Deadline
Thursday, October 29 – Early Voting Ends
Tuesday, November 3 – Election Day