Voter ID for Absentee Ballots

absentee ballot mailingID requirements for absentee ballots are set by each state and can be less stringent than ID requirements when voting in person. See below for details on absentee ballot eligibility and what ID, if any, is needed to vote absentee.


Who is eligible for Absentee Voting?

First time Tennessee voters who registered by mail CANNOT vote absentee.

Choose from ONE of the following:

  • The voter will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on Election Day
  • The voter or the voter’s spouse is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county of registration
  • The voter is medically unable; voter’s physician must provide a statement to the County Election Commission
  • The voter resides in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside the voter's county of residence
  • The voter will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a federal or state court
  • The voter is sixty years of age or older
  • The voter has a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place
  • The voter is hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled and because of such condition, cannot vote in person
  • The voter is a caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled
  • The voter is a candidate for office in the election
  • The voter serves as an Election Day official or as a member or employee of the election commission
  • The voter’s observance of a religious holiday prevents him or her from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day
  • The voter possesses a valid commercial driver license and certifies that he or she will be working outside the state or county of registration during the early voting period and all day on Election Day
  • The voter is a member of the military or is an overseas citizen
What Types of ID are required to apply for Absentee Voting?

Social Security number

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