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Absentee Voting (By Mail)

Absentee/Vote by Mail Request, November 3, 2020 Election

How to Qualify for Absentee Voting

To vote Absentee/By Mail, a registered voter must fall under one of these categories:

  • You are sixty (60) years of age or older.
  • You are hospitalized, ill or physically disabled and unable to appear at your polling place to vote. Voters with underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 can use this reason. A doctor’s statement is not required. Call your doctor for guidance.
  • You are a caretaker of a hospitalized, ill or physically disabled person. Voters caring for someone with underlying medical conditions that put them at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 can use this reason. A doctor’s statement is not required. Call your doctor for guidance.
  • You will be outside Davidson County during the Early Voting period and all day on Election Day.
  • You or your spouse are a full-time student at an accredited college or university outside Davidson County.
  • You have a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place.
  • You reside in a nursing home, assisted living facility or home for the aged outside Davidson County.
  • You are a candidate for office in the election.
  • You will be unable to vote in person due to jury duty.
  • You serve as an Election Day official or as a member or employee of the Davidson County Election Commission.
  • You are observing a religious holiday that prevents you from voting in person during the Early Voting period and on Election Day.
  • You are a member of the military or are an overseas citizen. Learn more about military and overseas citizen absentee voting at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.

Permanent Absentee Voters

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

  • Complete the Permanent Absentee Voter form (instructions included).
  • Your physician must complete the "Physician’s Statement" (included with the Permanent Absentee Voter form) certifying that, in the physician’s judgment, you are medically unable to vote in person.

More Information about Absentee Voting

Contact our Absentee Department at 615-862-8815 or votebymail@nashville.gov or read more about Absentee Voting at the Tennessee Secretary of State – Division of Elections website.