Absentee Voting Information

Absentee Voting Information



Absentee Ballots must be received BY MAIL at the Election Commission office (100 Public Square West Basement Shelbyville, TN 37160) by Election Day in order to be counted.

How To Qualify for Absentee Voting

To vote Absentee (by mail), a registered voter must fall under ONE of these categories:

  • I am sixty (60) years of age or older.
  • I will be outside Bedford County during all hours of early voting and before the polls close on Election Day.
  • I am hospitalized, ill or physically disabled, and because of such condition, I am unable to appear at my polling place.
  • I am a caretaker of a hospitalized, ill or disabled person.
  • I am a full-time student or spouse of a full-time student outside my county
  • I reside in a licensed facility, outside of Bedford county, providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, i.e. Nursing Home.
  • I arm a candidate for office in the election for which you am applying to vote absentee by mail.
  • I am observing a religious holiday that prevents me from voting during early voting or on Election Day.
  • I will be serving as an election official or a member or employee of the election commission on Election Day
  • I will be serving on jury duty in state or federal court.
  • I am a voter with a disability and your polling place is inaccessible.
  • I have a CDL or TWIC or you are the spouse of a person with a CDL or TWIC and will be out of Bedford county during early voting and Election Day and have no out of the county address to receive mail during this time. You must provide a copy of the CDL or TWIC number in the application.
  • I am a member of the military, spouse, or dependent.
  • I am an activated National Guard member on state orders.
  • I am an overseas citizen and otherwise qualified to vote in TN.

Note: A request to the Election Commission for a ballot may not be processed more than ninety (90) days before an election. The last day to receive a request for an Absentee Ballot is seven (7) days before the election.

Permanent Absentee Voters

To become a Permanent Absentee Voter and automatically have a Request for an Absentee Ballot application sent to you before every election:

  • Your physician must complete the physician's statement (included in the permanent absentee ballot form) certifying that, in the physician's judgement, you are medically unable to vote in person.
  • The physician's statement must be completed no less than seven (7) days before an election.

More Information about Absentee Voting

Read more about Absentee Voting at the Tennessee Secretary of State – Division of Elections website

You can also contact our Absentee/Early Voting Department directly at 931-684-0531 or summer.leverette@bedfordcountytn.gov with any questions.

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