Eligible Tennesseans can now request a ballot to vote absentee by-mail for the Aug. 6 State and Federal Primary and County General election without ever leaving their home.
“Our office is working hard to process absentee by-mail ballot requests for the August election,” Administrator of Elections Zena Dickey said. “I encourage Giles County voters to make your request now.”
Tennessee state law provides numerous ways to vote absentee by-mail. In addition to a voter being 60 or older, other popular reasons allowed under state law to vote absentee by-mail are as follows:
• The voter will be outside the county where they vote 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 will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror.
• 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 member of the military and out of the county where they vote.
For a more exhaustive list of statutory reasons to vote absentee by-mail go to GoVoteTN.com.
Giles County Voters who meet a reason under Tennessee law to vote absentee by-mail can submit a written request by mail to the Giles County Election Commission, P.O. Box 678, Pulaski, TN 38478; by fax to 424-1436; or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your written request must include:
• Your name
• Address where you live
• Full social security number
• Date of birth
• The address to mail the ballot to, if different than your home address
• For the August election, to receive a primary ballot, you must request either a Republican or Democratic primary ballot. If a party is not specified, you will only receive the general election ballot.
• Which of the qualifying reasons you meet to vote absentee by-mail. For example, I am 60 years old.
• Your signature
While not required, a phone number is recommended in case your election commission needs any additional information.
To submit a request by email, attach a document with all the necessary information and your scanned signature.
Requests must be received by the Giles County Election Commission no later than seven days before the election. For the Aug. 6 State and Federal Primary and County General Election, complete absentee by-mail requests must be received by July 30.
For more information about who is eligible to vote absentee by-mail or to find your local election commission, visit GoVoteTN.com.
—GC Election Commission