Request a Mail-In Ballot

With the August 6 primaries approaching and COVID-19 looming, you may be wondering about voting by mail. To vote by mail, you must act quickly--all requests must be received by Thursday, July 30

Below are complete instructions to vote by mail, courtesy of our partners at NOAH. Make sure to take action now so that we can elect pro-worker candidates August 6 and November 3 and continue building our labor movement's political power!

Voting By Mail in TN

Note: If you registered to vote by mail at a community event or at a public assistance office, you cannot vote absentee and must vote in-person in your first TN election. If you registered in-person at your local elections office, you can vote absentee in your first election.

All other registered Tennessee voters can apply for an absentee ballot!

Here’s how: First, you must fill out the Absentee By-Mail Ballot Request form here.

  • Make sure to fill out the form completely, including your full SSN and signature.
  • Unless you have a disability, you must sign the application form by hand. Electronic signatures are not permitted.
  • If you are applying to vote absentee due to COVID-19 and none of the other reasons listed apply, check the third box under question #9 on your absentee ballot request form.

Don’t have a way to print and sign an absentee ballot application? You have two options:

  • Contact your county election commission at 615-862-8815, and ask them to mail you a form.


  • Using a blank piece of paper, write out all of the required information asked on the official absentee ballot application, and sign and date the page.

When you’re done, mail, fax, or email your completed form to the Davidson County Election Commission:

[email protected]

Davidson County Election Commission
P.O. Box 650
Nashville, TN 37202-0650

Outside of Davidson County? Look up your Election Commission's email, fax, and address here:

Your absentee ballot request must be received by your local county election commission by Thursday, July 30th—so apply for your ballot as soon as possible!

Then, it’s time to VOTE! When you receive your ballot by mail, fill out the ballot and carefully follow the return instructions provided. Remember to sign your ballot envelope and provide your own postage. A spokeswoman for Tennessee Secretary of State, Tre Hargett, says in this Tennessean article that a first class stamp is all that is required to send in your ballot.  

Election officials must receive your ballot by mail before polls close on Election Day, August 6, in order to count.

Again, absentee ballots must be mailed—they cannot be dropped off in person and will not be counted if received after election day.

You can track the status of your ballot if you sign in to the state's voter registration lookup tool.

If your request to vote by mail is rejected or isn’t received in time, you can still vote in-person during early voting or on Election Day. Locate your early and Election Day voting options here:

Thank you for making your voice heard. Now help spread the word and share this message with friends, neighbors, and co-workers!

Find out about Early Voting here.