Election 2020

Vote Early | Vote Safely

Welcome, Voter! 

The Absentee Ballot Deadline You Need to know: Friday, October 23rd at 5:00 P.M. CST

Other Deadlines You Need to Know:

OCT 23 – Mail-in that ABSENTEE BALLOT (only 7 working days until election day!)

OCT 27 – LAST DAY to (officially) request an absentee ballot (But don't wait that long!) 


NOV 3 – Election Day! (all ballots must be received by close of polls)

The disability community, or simply the term "disability," often conjurs images of wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, American Sign Language, and service dogs. While many folks that use those things are certainly part of our world (and we're proud to have them!) it includes a whole lot more.

Disabilities we can see are only a small fraction of the whole, with the majority being invisible to the naked eye. Disabilities we can't see include diagnoses like multiple sclerosis, breast cancer, dyslexia, arthritis, Alzheimer's, kidney disease, and many, many more.

Map image of the US with TN highlighted. 25.6% hovers over the us, and 29.5% hovers over TN.
Image: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

So many more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates close to 1 in 3 Tennesseans meet the benchmark for having a disability. Collectively, that's close to 1.6 million of us, and almost four points higher than the national average. To say we're a force to be reckoned with, is an understatement. Collectively, Tennesseans with disabilties actually make up the single largest minority group in the Volunteer State. And we're proud to say, no matter your age or your diagnosis, we're in this together.

COVID-19 has complicated all aspects of our lives, especially those of us with disabilities. And voting is no exception. We've put together the following guidance for Tennesseans with disabilities to make informed decisions, and safely cast their ballot. Whether you plan to vote absentee, vote in-person, or just want to know your rights under the law; we want to be your 2020 election headquarters for all things related to voting with a disability in Tennessee. 

We proudly partnered with member agency Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) to give you 5 Essentials for Voting Absentee in Tennessee. Brian Keller, Public Policy and Voting Attorney with DRT was kind enough to share his expertise with us, and put together a quick and informative video for those wanting to vote absentee in 2020. But you must do this ONE thing above all else.

Top Ten Frequently Asked Questions: Absentee Voting in Tennessee 

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1. Can I vote absentee in Tennessee out of concern for my health?

2. Which conditions are allowed as excuses for voting absentee?

3. I think my disability means I qualify, but if I’m mistaken will I face legal consequences if I request or cast an absentee ballot?

4. Will my vote count if I vote absentee?

5. How do I get an absentee ballot?

6. When do I need to request a ballot?

7. How do I complete my absentee ballot?

8. How do I return my absentee ballot?

9. Can I drop it off at a polling place, at a drop box or at the election commission office itself? 

10. When do I need to return my ballot?

Photo of Tennessee "I Voted" stickersMore Voting Info

Voting In Person with a Disability

Know Your Voting Rights in Tennessee

Additional Resources for Voting with a Disability