Who may register to vote?
Any citizen of the United States who is or will be eighteen (18) years of age or older before the date of the next election and who is a resident of Morgan County, Tennessee may register to vote unless disqualified under the law (TCA 2-2-102 and 2-2-104).
How do I register to vote?
Qualified voters may register to vote by obtaining and completing a voter registration form and filing it with the local Election Commission office. In Tennessee individuals may register to vote in person or by mail. How do I register in person? Voter registration forms may be completed in person at the local Election Commission Office or at any one of several public assistance offices including: Department of Safety motor vehicles (driver license) division, Department of Health and Mental Retardation, Department of Human Services, Department of Veteran's Affairs, and Military Recruiting Offices.
How do I register to vote by mail?
By either completing in full a voter registration form and mailing the form to the Election Commission office.
What is the last day I may register before an election?
In order to vote in an election, an individual must be properly registered no later than thirty days before an election. Election Commission Office personnel will process by-mail voter applications if postmarked thirty days or more before any election.
Do I declare a certain political party when I register to vote in Tennessee?
The State of Tennessee does not require someone to declare party affiliation when registering to vote.
Tennessee does have primaries where party nominees who qualify to run for a particular office are elected by majority vote and proceed to the General election held in either August or November. You do not have to be a member of a party to vote in primaries or in General elections. Individuals may register with a certain party but are not required to declare a party when registering to vote. With the exception of Presidential election years when the Presidential Preference Primary is held in March in Tennessee, primaries are held in May and August of even numbered years.
Can I vote for candidates in both parties during a primary?
Crossing party lines to vote for candidates in both parties may only occur in general elections. During a primary election a voter must vote for candidates from only one party.
How do I find out where I vote on Election Day?
Your election day voting location is listed on your voter registration card. A "Where Do I Vote" link on our web site may also be helpful. Based on where you live, additional valuable information is provided, such as the district in which you live, city ward if applicable, school district, state house, state senate and U.S. Congress district.
I have just moved to Morgan County from Roane County. Do I have to re-register?
Yes. You must be registered in the county where you live in order to vote in that county.
How do I change my address if I have moved within Morgan County?
It is very important to keep your voter registration information up to date. If your address has changed, please notify the Morgan County Election Commission as soon as possible. When you move and notify the Electric Company, the Water Department, and other service departments, please notify your Election Commission as well. Keeping your voter registration records up to date, will save you valuable time when you go vote.
I'll be out of town on Election Day. How can I vote?
There are a couple of ways you may vote if you will be out of town on election day.
The Morgan County Election Commission offers Early Voting whereby voters may vote at the Morgan County Election Office during specific times which are announced through the press before the early voting period begins. The early voting period begins 20 days before the election date and ends five days before the election date. If you can't vote early, you may request an "Absentee by Mail Ballot" from the Morgan County Election Commission either in person or by mail, or by fax no earlier than 60 days or later than 7 days before the day of the election. The request must include your name, address, Social Security number, the out of town address where we can mail the ballot, the election or elections you wish to vote in, and the valid reason you wish to vote absentee. The request must be signed by the voter.
I am a college student in another county. How can I vote?
Either request an "Absentee by Mail Ballot" from your county of record or register to vote in the county where you are attending school.
I will be moving to another state a few days before the Presidential Election. How can I make sure I get to vote for President?
The voter may vote by absentee or return to the county where you are registered and vote there in person if you moved less than 30 days before the election. This only applies for the electors of President and Vice President, not local elections.
My wife and I are stationed overseas and would like to vote in the 2012 elections. How do I make this happen?
If you are active duty military personnel or a dependent stationed outside your county of residence, a Federal Post Card Application (Form 76) is available through your unit's Voting Assistance Officer, or you may contact your local Election Commission Office to receive a form, or download Form 76 from this website. For a U.S. citizen living overseas, a form 76 may be obtained from the nearest U.S. Embassy. Mail the Form 76 to your local Election Commission Office.
I reside in a Nursing Home and would like to vote. How do I accomplish this?
Election deputies coordinate voting activities at all state registered nursing homes, home for the aged or similar licensed institution providing permanent domiciliary care. However, residents may vote early during the early voting period or at their polling place on Election Day if they prefer.
How close can a candidate or a candidate’s representative(s) hand out campaign literature and/or solicit?
A candidate or campaigner cannot come closer than 100 feet to any entrance of any building where there is voting taking place, unless the candidate is voting. A voter cannot wear any type of campaign shirt, button, or anything else that shows support for or against any candidate or measure on the ballot. However, if a voter is willing to cover the shirt, hat, etc., so no one else can see it, then the voter will be allowed to vote.
Can a voter carry a sample ballot in to vote with him or her?
Yes, as long as the voter does not show it to any other voters. Each candidate is allowed to appoint a poll watcher at each precinct.
What if a voter has a campaign sign or sticker on his/her vehicle when they come into the polling place to vote? Are they allowed to vote?
Yes, as long as they go straight inside to vote, then vote, and leave immediately. The vehicle cannot be left inside the 100 foot boundary once the voter has completed voting.