Absentee Voting Information

Voting Box


Absentee Ballots must be received BY MAIL at the Election Commission office (100 Public Square West Basement Shelbyville, TN 37160) by Election Day in order to be counted.

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 because of such condition, cannot vote in person.
  • •You are a caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled.
  • •You will be outside Bedford County during the early voting period and all day on Election Day.
  • •You or your spouse is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside Bedford County.
  • •You have a physical disability and an inaccessible polling location
  • •You reside in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside Bedford County.
  • •You are a candidate for office in the election.
  • You will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a Federal or State court.
  • •You serve as an Election Day official or as a member or employee of the Bedford County Election Commission.
  • •Your observance of a religious holiday 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.
  • •I have a Commercial Driver License (CDL), am the spouse of a person with a CDL, or have a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and will be out of the county during early voting and Election Day.

Note: A request to the Election Commission for a ballot may not be processed more than ninety (90) days before an election. The last day to receive a request for an Absentee Ballot is seven (7) days before the election.

Permanent Absentee Voters

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

  • •Your physician must complete the physician's statement (included in the permanent absentee ballot form) certifying that, in the physician's judgement, you are medically unable to vote in person.
  • •The physician's statement must be completed no less than seven (7) days before an election.

More Information about Absentee Voting

Read more about Absentee Voting at the Tennessee Secretary of State – Division of Elections website

You can also contact our Absentee/Early Voting Department directly at 931-684-0531 or summer.leverette@bedfordcountytn.org with any questions.

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