How to Update your Voter Registration
This guide outlines how to change your voter registration name or address.
You can change your address or change your name using the online voter registration system.
The voter registration application also serves as a name and/or address change request. Complete and sign the form. When updating your address within the county, the form may be mailed, faxed, or emailed with an attached document which includes a scanned signature or submitted in person to your local county election commission office. When updating one’s name, the form must be mailed or taken to your local county election commission office. The form must be signed and received no later than five (5) days before the election in order to process the change.
If the voter does not choose to use the above application, the voter may also submit, in writing, any address change within the county to their local county election commission office. The request must be signed and received no later than five (5) days before the election in order to process the change.
If the voter has not updated their address and the voting period has begun, we encourage the voter to vote during the early voting period. The early voting period typically runs from the twentieth (20th) day to the fifth (5th) day before the election. The voter may go to any early voting location within their county to update their address and vote.
If the voter elects to wait to the day of the election to update this information and the voter’s permanent voter registration record differs from the voter’s current address, the voter must complete an affidavit before being allowed to vote. The voter will be required to vote either at their new polling location or at a central location designated by the county election commission office.
If you move to a different county, it is not considered an update. Your registration does not transfer to other counties in Tennessee.
A voter must register in their new county by using the online voter registration system, or by submitting a voter registration application to their local county election commission office in person or by mail.
All registration deadlines apply to new applications, therefore, the voter must register no later than thirty (30) days before the election. If the voter submits the application by-mail, the voter must vote in person at the first election. These rules apply even if you have been registered and voted in another county in Tennessee.
Remember registrations do not transfer from county to county and if the above requirements are not met the voter will not be allowed to vote in that election.
To receive a duplicate voter registration card, you must make a request, in writing, to your local county election commission office that you have lost your original voter registration card.
Once properly registered to vote in Tennessee, a person remains permanently registered unless the election commission has a statutory reason to remove the voter's name. T.C.A. 2-2-105 and 2-2-106.
Voters may request, in writing, to their local county election commission office to have their name removed from the rolls.
Other statutorily reasons to remove a voter's name include: