Voter Eligibility

To be eligible to vote in Tennessee, you must (1) be a citizen of the United States, (2) be 18 or older on or before the date of the next election, (3) be a resident of Tennessee, and (4) not have a felony conviction (unless you have had your voting rights restored—more on this below). Tenn. Code Ann. § 2–2–102.

This means if you are presently under 18, but you will turn 18 on the day of the next election or sometime before the next election, you may register to vote.

You must be registered to vote at least 30 days before the next election in order to vote in that election. This means the Election Commission must receive your application for registration by the 30th day before the upcoming election (unless the 30th day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday). So, the next election in Knox County will happen on August 29, 2017. To be able to vote in that election, you must have registered before July 31, 2017 (because the 30-day window would run on a Sunday). Tenn. Code Ann. § 2–2–109(a)–(b).

This website is provided as a courtesy by the Knox County Democratic Party. It is not meant to give legal advice; instead, this website simply provides a summary and reference point for laws addressing Tennessee elections. Voting laws are subject to change. Only a licensed attorney may provide legal advice.
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