Absentee Voting (By Mail)

How to Qualify for Absentee Voting

To vote Absentee (by mail), a registered voter must fall under one of these categories:

  • You will be outside Carroll County during the early voting period and all day on Election Day;
  • You or your spouse is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside Carroll County;
  • You reside in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside Carroll County;
  • You will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a Federal or State court;
  • You are sixty (60) years of age or older;
  • You have a physical disability and an inaccessible polling location;
  • You are hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled and because of such condition, cannot vote in person;
  • You are a caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled;
  • You are a candidate for office in the election;
  • You serve as an Election Day official or as a member or employee of the Carroll County Election Commission;
  • Your observance of a religious holiday 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 you possess a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and certify that you will be working outside Tennessee or Carroll County 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. Learn more about military and overseas citizen absentee voting at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.

Note: A request to the Election Commission for a ballot may not be processed more than ninety (90) days before an election. The last day to receive a request for an Absentee Ballot is seven (7) days before the election.

Permanent Absentee Voters

To become a Permanent Absentee Voter and automatically have a Request for an Absentee Ballot application sent to you before every election:

  • Complete the permanent absentee ballot form.
  • Your physician must complete the physician’s statement (included in the permanent absentee ballot form) certifying that, in the physician’s judgment, you are medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed no less than seven (7) days before an election.

More Information about Absentee Voting

Read more about Absentee Voting at the Tennessee Secretary of State – Division of Elections website.

Or contact our Absentee/Early Voting Department at 615-862-8815 or [email protected]