Frequently asked Questions

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How do I register to vote?


You can register to vote online at https://ovr.govote.tn.gov/ or you can download the Voter Registration Application and mail the completed application to our office at the address listed below:

Humphreys County Election Commission

208 West Wyly Street

Waverly, TN 37185

You may also pick up a Voter Registration Application at the following locations:

  • County Election Commission Offices

  • County Clerk’s Offices

  • Public Libraries

  • Register of Deeds Offices

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or during a transaction with one of the following agencies:

  • Department of Health (WIC program)

  • Department of Human Services

  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

  • Department of Mental Health

  • Department of Safety (motor vehicles division)

  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs




What is Early Voting?


Early voting is one of two ways in which you may vote before the actual election day. The second way for you to vote early is called by-mail voting / Absentee Voting.

Both Early Voting and by-mail voting are for your convenience. These two voting choices differ in that to vote by-mail, you must have a statutory reason. On the other hand, to vote during the early voting period, you may vote purely for the sake of convenience.

To vote early, you must appear in person at the Humphreys County Election Commission office. The early voting period typically begins twenty (20) days before an election and ends five (5) days before an election. Although closed from voting on holidays, you may vote early on any Saturday that falls during this time frame. In those instances in a city election where there is not any opposition on the ballot, there shall be no early voting period.

There are many advantages to voting early, namely being able to choose a day during the early voting period that best fits your schedule and being able to change your address of registration and vote in the same voting location.

For details regarding times and early voting locations, you may contact the Election Commission office at 931.296.6504.




How do I request a duplicate voter registration card?


To receive a duplicate voter registration card, you must make a request, in writing, to the Election Commission office. In your letter, inform your election commission that you have lost your original voter registration card. When voting, your voter registration card is not required. All voters must present a federal or Tennessee state government ID containing the voter's name and photograph when voting at the polls, whether voting early or on Election Day.

To obtain your voter information which includes your current address, polling location and representatives, use our voter lookup site.




Can I register to vote on Election Day?


No. In order to participate in an election, a qualified voter must be properly registered no later than thirty (30) days before the election. The election commission office will process any by-mail voter registration form that has been postmarked at least thirty (30) days before the election. T.C.A 2-2-109.




What do I need to bring with me on Election Day?


All voters must present a federal or Tennessee state ID containing the voter’s name and photograph when voting at the polls, whether voting early or on Election Day.

Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:

  • Tennessee driver license with your photo

  • United States Passport

  • Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

  • Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government

  • United States Military photo ID

  • Tennessee handgun carry permit with your photo

For more information on acceptable and non-acceptable IDs, please visit the ID information page.




What is a Primary Election?


A Primary Election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party's candidate for elected office to run in the general election. They are also used to choose convention delegates and party leaders. Primaries are state-level elections that take place prior to a general election. Tennessee utilizes an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary. However, voters must affiliate with a party at the primary polling location or declare their allegiance to the party.




What is a General Election?


A General Election is the election in which all voters make the final choice from among the party nominees and the independent candidates for a specific office.




Why must I tell you what primary I want to vote in?


In Tennessee we do not register by party, however, during a Primary Election we must know which primary ballot to give you.




What is absentee voting?


Absentee voting is a voting method that involves voting on a day earlier than the actual election day. Tennessee has two forms of absentee voting:

  1. Absentee in person, which is better known as early voting, and
  1. Absentee by mail, which is commonly called by-mail voting.​




Who may apply to vote absentee?


To vote as an early voter, a registered voter may vote without giving a reason during the established early voting period. The early voting period typically begins twenty (20) days before an election and ends five (5) days before an election. In those instances in a city election where there is not any opposition on the ballot, there shall be no early voting period. To vote by mail, a registered voter must fall under one of the following categories:

  • 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’s licensed physician has filed a statement with the county election commission stating that, in the physician's judgment, the voter is medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed not less than seven (7) days before the election and signed under the penalty of perjury;
  • 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 (60) 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 or the voter’s spouse possesses a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or the voter possesses a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and certifies that he or she will be working outside the state or county of registration during the open hours of early voting and Election Day, and has no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to which mail may be sent or received during such time.
  • The voter is a member of the military or is an overseas citizen.




What is the process for requesting the by-mail ballot?


You must submit a written request containing the information below to the Election Commission office by the seventh day before Election Day. You can use the absentee ballot request form to make sure all required information is provided.

You can submit your written request for an absentee ballot by mail, fax or e-mail. If e-mailing your request, be sure the attached document contains the information below and your scanned signature.

  1. Name of the registered voter

  2. Address of the voter's residence

  3. Voter's social security number

  4. Voter's date of birth

  5. Address to mail the ballot outside the county (this applies only when the reason for voting by mail involves that the voter will be outside of the county during early voting and on election day)

  6. The election in which the voter wishes to participate. If the election involves a primary, the political party in which the voter wishes to participate.

  7. Reason the voter wishes to vote absentee. If applicable, a copy of the CDL containing the CDL number or the TWIC card must be included in the voter’s request.

  8. Voter's signature

A request that contains this information will be processed and a ballot will be mailed to the voter.

NOTICE: A person who is not an employee of an election commission commits a Class E felony if such person gives an application for an absentee ballot to any person or commits a Class A misdemeanor if such person gives an unsolicited request for application for absentee ballot to any person. T.C.A. § 2-6-202(c)(3) and (4).




Is any additional information required for individuals who have registered to vote by mail?


Unless an individual who has registered to vote by mail is on the permanent absentee voting register, that person must appear in person to vote in the first election after the registration becomes effective. If a by-mail registrant has already voted in person since the registration, then no additional information will be required to vote by mail.




How can a person who possesses a valid commercial driver license (or the spouse of a person possessing a valid commercial driver license) or a transportation worker identification credential and who will be working outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on election day vote?


If the voter (or spouse) possesses a valid commercial driver license or the voter possesses a valid transportation worker credential card and does not have a specific out-of-county or out-of-state location to which mail may be sent or received during the early voting or election day hours, the voter may:

  1. Complete an application to vote absentee by mail at the voter's county election commission office; or
  2. Send a written request that contains the information discussed in the question above; and
  3. Provide a copy of the current commercial driver license which contains the commercial driver license number or a copy of the current transportation worker credential card;
  4. Provide the voter’s current residential address and any mailing address to which the ballot shall be mailed.




When may a registered voter apply to vote by mail?


A registered voter may request an application for 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.




To be counted, when must the ballot be received by the election commission?


The county election commission must receive the ballot by mail no later than the close of polls on election day. Once the election commission issues an absentee by-mail ballot to a voter, the voter can only vote by mail.




What if I do not receive or ruin my ballot and can no longer use it?


If a voter notifies the election commission that he or she has “spoiled” a ballot or has not received the ballot, the election commission shall note on the records that subsequent supplies have been sent and supply the voter with subsequent voting supplies.




What if I do not provide all of the information required on the by-mail ballot application?


The county election commission will reject the application and return the application to the voter immediately by mail to be completed and returned again. If time permits, any rejected application must be corrected and returned to the County Election Commission by the seventh (7th) day before the Election.




Can the ballot be hand delivered?


No. The by-mail ballot must be received by the county election commission office through the postal mail.




How can I vote if I am in the military?


Military personnel, their family members and overseas voters (UOCAVA voters) may receive their absentee ballot via e-mail or by-mail upon request. UOCAVA voters may track when the ballot was received by their local county election commission office. The voted ballot must be received by the local county election commission office by the close of polls on election day to be counted.

If you are not in the military, a family member of the military, or an overseas citizen, these instructions do not apply to you and you may not use the Form 76. (Please refer to Absentee Voting).




Who may apply to vote absentee under T.C.A. § 2-6-502?


To vote pursuant to the above statute, an individual must fall into one of the following categories.
MILITARY PERSONNEL: Persons who are United States citizens, residents of Tennessee and members of the Uniformed Services (i.e., armed forces personnel), and their family members. "Armed forces personnel" is defined in T.C.A. § 2-1-104(1) as members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Environmental Science Service Administration, Public Health Service of the United States or members of the Merchant Marine of the United States, and their spouses and dependents. CIVILIANS OUTSIDE U.S.: Persons who are United States citizens, residents of Tennessee, and who are currently residing overseas. OVERSEAS CITIZEN: A United States citizen who resides outside the U.S. and, but for living outside the U.S., would be qualified to vote in Tennessee. PERSONS BORN OVERSEAS: A person who has never lived in the U.S. but has a parent who is eligible to vote in Tennessee may vote in Tennessee in the same voting residence claimed by the parent.




Must I already be a registered voter to vote in Tennessee pursuant to this provision?


No. If you meet the qualifications to register to vote in Tennessee but have not registered prior to requesting an absentee ballot and you fall into one of the above categories, your application for absentee ballot will be treated as an application for temporary registration. Normally, an individual who registers to vote by mail must appear in person in the first election the person votes in after such registration becomes effective. This provision is waived in the case of military personnel, their family members, or overseas citizens. However, since this is only a temporary registration, once you are no longer eligible to vote under this provision of the law, you must complete a voter registration form and submit the form to your local county election commission prior to voting in any subsequent election. If you are a registered voter prior to requesting an absentee ballot under this provision, the above information does not apply to you.




When may a registered voter or individual who meets the above requirements apply to vote by absentee ballot?


Applications may be received no earlier than January 1 of the year in which the election is to be held unless the election is to be held less than ninety (90) days after January 1 of the calendar year. In that case, the application may be received no earlier than ninety (90) days before the election and no later than seven (7) days before the election.




What is the process for requesting an absentee ballot?


An individual who meets the above requirements may request an absentee ballot by completing a Federal Post Card application, also known as a “Form 76 or FPCA” (herein Form 76). An overview of the process may be found at FVAP.gov.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program provides an online version of the Form 76 that a voter may complete and send to the local county election commission. Once you have provided all the information needed to obtain a ballot, print the form and sign the application.




How do I submit the request or application to my local county commission?


The form may be mailed, faxed or emailed with an attached document that includes a scanned signature to the Humphreys County Election Commission. A form may be faxed only if the election commission office has a fax machine physically located in its office.




To be counted, when must the voted ballot be received by the county election commission?


The voted ballot must be received by mail by the close of the polls on election day. If the ballot is rejected, the registered voter will be notified that the ballot was rejected and why the ballot was rejected.




Must I submit an application for each election in the upcoming year?


No. The voter will receive absentee ballots for all regularly scheduled elections for the calendar year in which the request is submitted. Note that it is the voter’s responsibility to keep the local county election office informed of any changes of address. The ballots will be mailed or e-mailed, depending on the choice of the voter, to the address that is originally submitted to the local county election office until further notice from the voter.




What if I do not receive or ruin my ballot and can no longer use it?


If a voter notifies the election commission that he or she has “spoiled” a ballot or has not received the ballot, the election commission shall note on the records that subsequent supplies have been sent and supply the voter with subsequent voting supplies.

After timely requesting an official absentee ballot, Armed Forces personnel and overseas voters who feel that there may not be a sufficient amount of time to receive and then return the voted ballot may also use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).

Instructions for completing an FWAB, the FWAB ballot and envelopes may be found at http://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/FWABwithOMBFinal.pdf.

Note: If both ballots are received prior to the close of the polls on election day, the county election commission will count the official ballot it provided to the voter.




What if I do not provide all the information required on the by-mail ballot application?


The county election commission will reject the application and return the application to the voter immediately by mail to be completed and returned again.




How may I receive my absentee ballot?


Tennessee allows you to receive an absentee ballot by mail or e-mail. Please indicate how you would like to receive your absentee ballot on your request. If you indicate e-mail, provide your e-mail address (on the Form 76 your e-mail address should be provided in Block 2) with the request. If you do not indicate how you want your absentee ballot sent, the absentee ballot will be mailed. Tennessee does not allow you to receive your absentee ballot by fax.




May I track my absentee ballot?


Yes. Go to Tennessee’s voter lookup page at https://tnmap.tn.gov/voterlookup/ and enter your information. You will be able to track when the ballot was received by the Humphreys County Election Commission office. If you need assistance, contact your local county election commission office.




Can I vote on Saturdays?


Only during Early Voting is the Election Commission office open on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.





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