Absentee Voting

email: acec@andersoncountytn.gov
fax: 865-457-5624

Who May Vote Absentee?

You can vote absentee by-mail if you fall under one of the following categories:

  • You will be outside the county where you are registered during the early voting period and all day on Election Day.
  • You or your spouse are a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county where you are registered.
  • You are on the permanent absentee list (see question 4 below).
  • You reside in a nursing home, assisted living facility or home for the aged outside your county of residence.
  • You will be unable to vote in-person due to jury duty.
  • You are sixty (60) years of age or older.
  • You have a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place.
  • You are hospitalized, ill or physically disabled and unable to appear at your polling place to vote. A physician’s statement is not required to check this box.
  • You are the caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled. A physician’s statement is not required to check this box.
  • You are a candidate for office in the election.
  • You serve as an Election Day official or as a member or employee of the election commission.
  • You are observing a religious holiday that prevents you from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day.
  • You or your spouse possess a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and you will be working outside the state or county of registration during the open hours of early voting and Election Day and have no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to which mail may be sent or received during such time.
  • You are a member of the military or and overseas citizen.

How to Vote Absentee

Requests to vote absentee may be received 90 days before each upcoming election. A voter may mail, fax or e-mail an attachment with the signed request to vote absentee to the Election Commission office. Your request should include the following information.

  • Name
  • Residence address
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • The address outside the county where the ballot is to be sent, if applicable
  • The election you want to vote in
  • If the election is a primary, please list your party preference
  • Reason for voting absentee
  • Your signature

Upon receipt and review of your signed request, the Election Commission office will mail a set of absentee voting supplies to you. After completing the ballot and signing the accompanying affidavit, mail the ballot to the Election Commission. A request to vote absentee can be accepted up to 7 days prior to the election. Your ballot must be received on or before election day.