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 primary election will be on May 1, 2018 followed by the local general election 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 of the three elections will have a period of early voting in the weeks before Election Day.
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.
For the May 1, 2018 local primary election, early voting will be Wednesday, April 11 thru Tuesday, April 26, 2018. Hours are generally Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m, Saturdays 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and closed on Sundays. **Important! Some hours for locations are different on different days.** Check the specific operating hours for your location on the Early Voting Schedule provided by the Knox County Election Commission before going to your preferred early voting location.
Small Assembly Room
400 Main Street
Clinton Plaza Shopping Center
4952 Clinton Hwy
2418 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave
11408 Municipal Center Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
1645 Downtown West Blvd., Unit 34
Knoxville, TN 37919
9036 Asheville Highway
Knoxville, TN 37924
4775 New Harvest Lane
6933 Recreation Lane
Knoxville, TN 37918
6513 Chapman Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920
8042 Oak Ridge Highway
Knoxville, TN 37931
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.