Change of Address

What happens when you change your address depends on where you move. According to the secretary of state, an application to change your address must be RECEIVED at least five days before an election in order to process a change. 

The voter registration application—the one you use to initially register to vote—is the form you use to change your address. It’s here.

If you move within the same county and within the same voting precinct, then you will have to make a written affirmation of your address saying that you are entitled to vote. You may do this immediately before voting. Tenn. Code Ann. § 2–7–140.

If you move within the same county but to a different voting precinct, then during the early voting period, you may show up and make an affirmation of your current address. You will then be permitted to vote. If you vote on election day at your voting precinct, then you must vote at your new precinct (or a central voting location designated by the county election commission), and you must complete an affidavit in order to be able to vote. Your status as a registered voter will have to be confirmed before your vote is counted. If you go to your old precinct, you will not be able to vote, but instead directed to your new precinct. Tenn. Code Ann. § 2–7–140(c).

If you move to a new county, then you will have to re-register to vote, which means that you will have to change your registration at least 30 days prior to an election. However, if within 90 days of a state primary or general election or federal primary of general election, you have moved to a new county, you may vote in the polling place where you are registered. Tenn. Code Ann. § 2–7–115(a).

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