Tennessee Electoral SituationAbsentee ballots require an excuse: yes
Early voting: yes
Felons: The State of Tennessee maintains the most complex disenfranchisement scheme in the nation, with disenfranchisement based on the date of the conviction and the type of crime. Persons convicted before January 15, 1973, for any felony that falls within eight categories lose the right to vote but can apply to their local circuit court or the court in which they were convicted to have their voting rights restored after completing their sentence. Persons convicted of a felony between January 15, 1973 and May 17, 1981 are eligible to vote after completion of sentence. Any felony conviction after May 18, 1981 results in disenfranchisement, but the procedure changed from time to time regarding regaining the right to vote. Any person convicted of a felony between May 18, 1981 and June 30, 1986 can apply to their local circuit court or the court in which they were convicted to have their voting rights restored after completing their sentence. Persons convicted of felonies other than first degree murder, aggravated rape, treason, or voter fraud between July 1, 1986 and June 30, 1996 had their right to vote restored automatically upon completion of sentence, and can apply to the Board of Probation and Parole for a Certificate of Restoration of Voting Rights. Persons convicted of one of the four crimes mentioned are not eligible to regain the right to vote and must gain a pardon from the Governor in order to do so. The law was amended again in 1996, so that persons convicted of felonies (except for those convicted of murder, rape, treason, or voter fraud) after June 30, 1996 must once again apply to their local circuit court or the court in which they were convicted to have their voting rights restored.
ID Laws: All voters need: For purposes of comparing the person's signature on the application for ballot, "evidence of identification" shall be a valid voter's registration certificate, Tennessee driver license, social security card, credit card bearing the applicant's signature or other document bearing the applicant's signature.
Mandatory poll worker/election official training: voluntary state training supplemented by salary
Paper trail: no
Provisional ballot validity determined by jurisdiction of voter, not precinct: no
Registration deadline: Register 30 days before the election.
Uniform voting system: no