Knox County is making it easier than ever to vote in upcoming elections. Early voting is increasingly popular, especially for people employed during regular business hours or families with young children. It is important to remember that early voting locations are different than Election Day locations.
2018 will be a busy year for local, state, and federal elections. Please visit the Knox County Election Schedule to see the election dates in full detail.
The local general election will be on August 2, 2018. The State and Federal primary election will be on August 2, 2018 followed by the general election on November 6, 2018. Each election will have a period of early voting in the weeks before Election Day.
Be sure to look through our list of 2018 Candidates for Knox County before you head to the polls.
Election Day Voting Locations
Click here to visit KGIS and use the KGIS Voting Location Search Tool to find your Election Day voting location.
Early Voting Schedule for the Knox County Primary Election
If you prefer to vote early, you must appear in person at either the county election commission office or at a satellite voting location opened by the county election commission. The early voting period typically begins twenty (20) days before an election and ends five (5) days before an election.
Absentee Voting in Tennessee
Mailing an absentee ballot is also an option for voters, but the Election Commission must receive the application at least seven (7) days before Election Day. A few of the most common reasons a voter may request an absentee ballot are:
- The voter is sixty (60) years of age or older;
- The voter has a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place
- The voter is a caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled
- The voter’s observance of a religious holiday prevents him or her from voting in person during the early voting period and on election day
- The voter or the voter’s spouse is enrolled as a full-time student in a school outside of the county
If you would like to apply for an absentee ballot, please visit the Tennessee Secretary of State’s absentee ballot information. You may also call the Knox County Election Commission at 865-215-2480 for guidance on requesting an absentee ballot.