Registering to Vote

 

Voting

The state of Tennessee is ranked at the bottom of the list when it comes to voter turnout. One of the first things an 18 year old should do is register to vote. It is up to the upcoming generation to change that statistic.

In Tennessee, the process is pretty simple. Most people just get online , print out the form, fill it out, and send it in to the county election commission. They can also hand deliver the form to the commission personally. Mailing in the application does require that the applicant vote in person the first time they decide to vote.

If mail is not your thing you can take your form to multiple locations:

  • County clerk’s office.
  • Public libraries.
  • Register of Deeds office.
  • Department of Health (WIC program).
  • Department of Human Services.
  • Department of Mental Health.
  • Department of Safety (Motor Vehicles Division).
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

To be able to register to vote the requirements are:

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen, AND
  • You must be a resident of Tennessee , AND
  • You must be 18 years or older on the day of or before the next election, AND
  • You must not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, your voting rights must be restored

If a person is 17, but will be 18 by the election, they can actually get ahead of the game and send in the application ahead of time. The mail in MUST be 30 days before the election to be able to participate.

Also, if it applies, there is a spot on the application to change addresses if  the applicant has moved.

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