All 95 counties in Tennessee have informed the Secretary of State’s Division of Elections that they have met state and federal requirements for mailing absentee ballots to military personnel and other Tennessee citizens living outside the United States.
The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act requires ballots to be mailed to all overseas voters who have properly requested them no later than 45 days before the election.
However, voters living overseas who did not request ballots before the 45-day deadline still have the opportunity to do so by completing Form 76, the federal absentee write-in request form.
Also, Tennessee residents who wish to vote absentee may request ballots from their county election offices through Oct. 30.
Ballots must be received by the county election offices by Tuesday, Nov. 6, in order to be counted.
For questions about absentee voting, contact your local election office, call the state Division of Elections toll-free at 1-877-850-4959 or visit www.GoVoteTN.com.
The last day to register to vote in the November Election is Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 8.
The Election Office will be open, but the U.S. Postal Service will not be open on Sunday, Oct. 7, or Monday, Oct. 8. So applicants should make certain that, if mailing, it gets postmarked before that date.
The Rutherford County Election Commission will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 8 for potential voters to hand-deliver registration forms.
Also, voters need to consider whether they need to update their address or other information too. Voter registration forms can be found here at http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/index.htm.