Register to Vote
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.
- March 1 – Presidential Preference Primary
- April 4 – Voter registration deadline for the May county primaries (where applicable)
- April 13-28 – Early voting for the May county primaries
- May 3 – County primaries (where applicable)
- July 5 – Voter registration deadline for the August state primary and county general elections
- July 15-30 – Early voting for the August state primary and county general elections
- August 4 – State primary and county general elections
- October 11 – Voter registration deadline for the November elections
- October 19-November 3 – Early voting for the November elections
- November 8 – Election Day
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.
To qualify to vote in Tennessee you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- A resident of Tennessee
- At least 18 years old on or before the next election
- You must not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, your voting rights must have been restored
Qualified voters may pick up a Tennessee registration form at any of the following locations:
- Office of Active Citizenship & Service (305 Rand)
- Jean and Alexander Heard Library (419 21st Ave. S.)
- Sarratt Information Desk
- Office of Religious Life (401 24th Ave. S.)
– OR –
- Download and print the Tennessee Voter Registration form here: http://share.tn.gov/sos/election/forms/ss-3010.pdf
- Complete the voter registration form and mail it to the appropriate County Election Commission postmarked at least 30 days before an election.
Vanderbilt University is located in Davidson County. The Davidson County Election Commission address is: P.O. 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.
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:
- Absentee ballots often must be submitted in advance of an election – allow for plenty of time to request your absentee ballot
- Some states require that your absentee ballot be witnessed and signed off by a notary or other witnesses
Other resources: GoVoteTN App. Highlights of the app include:
- Early voting and Election Day polling locations and hours of operation.
- Candidate list for upcoming election.
- Ability to mark sample ballots for upcoming election.
- Navigation to early voting and Election Day polling locations.
- County election commission information.
- Access online election results through the application.
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. Tennessee residency requirements may be found here. 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. Voter registration information and requirements also may be found here. 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.
Helpful Links and Information
- 2016 Voter Brochure
- Voter Registration Quality Control Form Revised – Nov 2015
- This link will connect you to your state’s election website.
- Register to Vote in Tennessee. If the link does not open, please copy and paste the following into your web browser: http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/registration.htm
- Information from each state’s Secretary of State: http://www.nass.org
- Information from NASS on voting: http://www.canivote.org
- Interesting Read: Read about the Voting Rights Act of 1965