Who must register to
vote in Tennessee?
If you have never registered to vote in Tennessee
, changed your address
last registered or had your rights restored as required by law after
convicted of a felony, you must register, or re-register.
Who is eligible to
register in Tennessee?
Any U.S. Citizen who is at least eighteen (18) years old on
or before the next election, who is a resident of Tennessee and who has
been convicted of a felony or, has had their rights of citizenship
received a pardon, may register to vote.
How long must I be a
resident of Tennessee
before I can register to vote (if I have just moved)?
You may register as soon as you establish residency.
Do I have to register
at a specific time?
Although you may register at any time, you must register no
later than thirty days before the election date you wish to vote in.
Are there different
places where I can register to vote?
voter registration is available at the Election
Commission office, driver’s license stations, Department of Human
Health Department, Veterans’ Affairs office, or military recruiting
does not have a driver’s license facility).
Can I register to
vote by mail?
Yes, you can fill out a mail-in voter registration form to
register to vote.
You must sign the form
and mail to the election Commission office early enough for it to be
at least thirty (30) days before Election Day.
forms are also available at all U.S.
Post Offices in the county, except Rutledge, and that is
because our office is nearby, local libraries, county clerk’s office,
register of deeds office. The address to mail the form to is: P.O. Box 28, Rutledge,
If I move to a
different address within the county, do I have to re-register?
You do not have to re-register.
you do have to update your
address may be in a different district or
You are required by law to
vote in the precinct where your legal address is.
your address current makes the
election process run a lot smoother by not having to step out of line
out required paper work before you can vote, or have to go to a
precinct to vote in. You can change your address by: completing a
registration form and checking the box that says “Address Change”.
Mail or hand deliver the form to the election
I plan to move to
another county or state, what do I need to do?
After moving to a new county or state, you must re-register
at your new address.
Registration is not
transferable from county to county, or from state to state.
If I get married and
change my name, do I have to change my voter registration?
You do not have to change your last name after you get
However, you must continue to
sign your name they way you are registered when you are voting, signing
kind of election document, etc.
want to change your name, you can complete a mail-in form, or come by
office in person to make that change.
must be done in writing.
Will the Election
Commission office let me know if I am a registered voter?
If you have filled out a voter registration form at any of
the agencies that I have listed in this questionnaire, and have not
registration card, then please call the office to verify that we have
When we receive
applications from agencies, it is usually processed within two or three
If there is a problem with the
application, we notify you by mail with a “status” form letter, and
another application for you to fill out and correct the problem.
We have many applications that are not
signed, or have not completed the required information.
Do I have to declare
a political party when I register?
No, in Tennessee
this is not a requirement.
must declare a party when you are voting in any primary election.
You may vote for either party in a general
If I am not able to
vote on Election Day, what can I do?
Any registered voter in Grainger
regardless of where they live in the county, may vote during early
Early voting begins 20 days before each election and ends on the 5th
day before the election.
Dates and times
for early voting will be in our local newspaper and posted on our
web-site at: www.graingercoelectioncommission.com
Can I still vote in a
Presidential election if I move to another state just before the
If you move to another state less than thirty (30) days
before the election for electors for President and Vice-President and,
reason, do not satisfy the registration requirements of your new
that election, you may vote in the Presidential election only in the
where you were last registered.
vote either in person or by absentee ballot (you must
you registered by mail and have not voted since you registered).
If I want to write in
the name of someone who is not on the ballot, what should I do?
Our voting machines are designed and set-up to allow for
Just ask the election
official at the precinct how to do this.
person attempting to be elected by write-in
ballots must complete a
notice at the election commission office requesting that their votes be
no later than fifty (50) days before the primary election or general
How does a person
with disabilities vote?
Voters with disabilities can vote absentee by-mail, or they
may vote in person with anyone of their choice to assist them (except a
candidate, whose name is on the ballot). A disabled person
may be placed on Permanent Absentee
providing a physician’s statement stating that they are unable to
appear at the
After receiving the statement,
the voter would be mailed an application for a ballot for each
Our voting machines are equipped with headphones
so that a visually impaired person can vote independently.
district do I live in?
Voter Look-up on State Web-Site
Your voter registration card will have the county district,
city ward (if applicable), Tennessee Senate, Tennessee House, and U.S.
Congressional district printed on it as well as your voting location.
If you cannot find your card, please call our
office at (865) 828-5132 for that information.
a registration card, you will need to show
I.D. at the
A driver’s license, anything
that supplies your name, address, and signature may be used.
Is there information
I can get about the candidates?
Our local newspapers always have stories about the
candidates, announcements, etc. It is the responsibility of the
get their message out.
How may I contact the
county party chairman for either political party?
Republican Party Chairman
George "Brett" Powers
5990 Lakeshore Rd.
11829 Hwy 131
, TN 37708
Washburn, TN 37888