The Tennessee Supreme Court overturned the option for all eligible voters to vote by mail in November due to COVID-19 and restored Tennessee’s excuse-based system for November, with COVID-19 related additions that include exposure-based quarantining, care taking and underlying health conditions. The ruling requires the state to provide “appropriate guidance” to voters regarding the underlying health conditions qualification. That guidance and additional details on who qualifies to absentee vote can be found on the TN.gov website or by clicking here. There is a link to the Absentee Ballot on the TN.gov site below.
There is an illustration below that explains the timeline when you mail in a Absentee Ballot request.
A registered voter may request an application for a by-mail ballot no earlier than ninety (90) days before the election and no later than seven (7) days before the election. To be processed for the next election, the application must be received by the election commission no later than seven (7) days before the election. Our mail goes to Knoxville for processing and then returns to Sevierville. So you should mail your request with enough time for the commission to receive it, mail the Absentee Ballot to you, and you to have time to return the ballot. The Absentee Ballot must be mailed and received by Election Day to be counted, that is not realistic if you make your request for one on the last day you can.
For the 2020 General Election on November 3, 2020, the First Day to Request an Absentee Ballot is Wednesday, August 5, 2020 and the Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot is Tuesday, October 27, 2020. We recommend you make your request long before then, see above paragraph for timing.
To request a by-mail absentee ballot, mail, fax or email the proper form below to your local election commission. Be sure to complete all sections and include an original or scanned signature. When you click on this link to the TN.gov website, the form will load as a pdf for you: sos-tn-gov-files.tnsosfiles.com/5 Request for Absentee Ballot.pdf
The Sevier County Election Commission office is located at 1145 Dolly Parton Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862. The office hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The office telephone number is (865) 453-6985. The fax number is (865) 429-0376. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You do not get an absentee ballot as soon as you mail your request. The ballots are printed a month or so prior to the election and sent to the local Election Commission, who sends them on to you. We will email our group and post on our Facebook page when we receive word they are going out so that you know to look for them. Links to follow our social media or email us to be added to our groups email are in the footer.
When you receive your absentee ballot, complete and mail it immediately. THEY MUST BE MAILED, you cannot bring them to the Election Commission or Post Office. Our mail goes to Knoxville for processing and then returns to Sevierville. Mail it with extra time to make it by 11/3. It must be received by Election Day to be counted.
Once you mail your absentee ballot, you can confirm receipt here: https://tnmap.tn.gov/voterlookup/