Make your voice a part of the political process. Below you will find a message from the university on voter registration, followed by a list of helpful links we’ve compiled to aid you in registering to vote and learning more about the process in general. Should you need any help or have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact OACS.
www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs | firstname.lastname@example.org | 615-343-7878 | Rand 305
Am I registered to vote in Tennessee? https://tnmap.tn.gov/voterlookup/ How do I register to vote in Tennessee? In Tennessee, a qualified voter must be properly registered no later than thirty (30) days before the election. The election commission office will process any by-mail voter registration form that has been postmarked at least thirty (30) days before the election.
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Vanderbilt University is located in Davidson County. The Davidson County Election Commission address is: PO BOX 650 Nashville 37202-0650 What if my schedule prohibits me from voting on Election Day? You might consider taking advantage of early voting! In Tennessee early voting begins 20 days before an election and ends five days before the election. Where can I go to vote? You can use the Voter Registration Look Up website to find your polling location and early voting locations. What do I need to bring with me when I go to vote? In the State of Tennessee, all voters must present a federal or Tennessee state ID containing the voter’s name and photograph when voting at the polls, whether voting early or on Election Day. Click here to learn more about voter ID requirements: http://sos.tn.gov/products/elections/what-id-required-when-voting How can I cast my ballot if I plan to vote in another state? If you prefer, you may request an absentee ballot that will allow you to cast your vote in your home state. To request an absentee ballot, contact your local election commission. Please note:
Other resources: GoVoteTN App: http://sos.tn.gov/products/elections/govotetn-voter-app Highlights of the app include:
Students who will vote in Tennessee should be aware that the Tennessee photo identification requirement specifies that university identification cards will not be accepted at the polls: http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/photoID.htm. Tennessee residency requirements may be found at:http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/residency.htm. If you are an out-of-state resident, the United States Election Assistance Commission provides information regarding voter registration and absentee voting, as well as links to all state election commission sites at http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/contact_your_state.aspx Voter registration information and requirements also may be found at http://www.canivote.org/. Registering to vote in Tennessee will in no way affect your federal financial aid or any other grants or scholarships that do not have a specific residency requirement. However, there are some sources of financial aid or scholarships and grants that are conditioned upon residency in another state. If you receive any sort of financial assistance that is limited to residents of a state other than Tennessee,registering to vote as a resident of the State of Tennessee may affect your residency status for purposes of that out-of-state financial assistance. Students receiving such assistance should review the residency requirements under their out-of-state financial aid or scholarship and grant programs before registering to vote in Tennessee.