Registering to Vote

Can you pass this quiz on registering to vote?

Who is allowed to register to vote in Tennessee?

  • People who are both U.S. citizens and live in Tennessee.
  • People who will be 18 years old or older on the next election date.
  • People who register to vote no later than 30 days before the upcoming election.
    • NOTE: Mail-in applications must be postmarked at least 30 days before the election.

How do I register to vote?

  • You can register to vote onlinein person or by mail.
  • To register online, visit can also download GoVoteTN, the free mobile app from the Tennessee Secretary of State. GoVoteTN gives  current information about your voter registration status and your voting precinct.
  • To register in person or by mail, complete the Mail-In Application for Voter Registration (Form SS-3010). This form is good for both in-person and by-mail registration.
  • Next, mail your form to your local county election commission (there is space on the form to enter the mailing address)
  • When you’ll receive your voter registration card depends on your county.
  • If you register by mail, you must vote in person the first time you vote after registering.
    • However, if you bring your form in person to your county’s election commission office, instead of mailing it in, you can prove your identity and absentee vote.
  • Remember: you only need to register to vote once

Anything I need to know about filling out the form?

  • Must use a blue or black ink pen
  • Don’t forget numbers one and two at the top of the form
  • #10 need not be filled out for those registering to vote for the first time

What if I go to college in Tennessee but my hometown is in another state?

  • We recommend voting early or by-mail in your home state. Voting in Tennessee requires you to change your residency to Tennessee. This is hard to do while in college and can affect things like tuition and scholarships.