The Next Election is November 3
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Vote Early - October 14 - 29
If you plan to vote in-person, Early Voting is the safest and most convenient option. Crowds are smaller, lines are shorter, and you have multiple options for where and when you can vote. Vote early in-person for the November election from Wednesday October 14 to Thursday October 29. Any registered Hamilton County voter may vote at any of the Early Voting sites during this period.
Vote on Election Day - November 3
You can vote in person on Election Day, Tuesday November 3 at your assigned polling location from 8 AM to 8 PM. Extra precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID 19.
Unlike in the August elections, not everyone is eligible to vote absentee by mail this November.
How It Works
- Check to make sure you qualify to vote absentee by mail (see categories that qualify below)
- Submit an absentee ballot request by October 27
- Track your request to see when it was approved
- Receive your absentee ballot in the mail
- Mark your ballot and return it as soon as possible via mail
- Track your ballot to ensure it was received by November 3.
Voting absentee is when you receive, fill out, and return a ballot by mail. You can only vote Absentee if you meet one of the following circumstances:
- You are sixty (60) years of age or older.
- You will be outside the county where you are registered during the early voting period and all day on Election Day.
- You are hospitalized, ill or physically disabled and unable to appear at your polling place to vote (this includes persons who have underlying medical or health conditions which in their determination render them more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 or at greater risk should they contract it). For a list of underlying health conditions that makes a person more susceptible, see see CDC guidance. A physician’s statement is not required to check this box.
- You are the caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled (this includes caretakers for persons who have underlying medical or health conditions which in their determination render them more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 or at greater risk should they contract it). For a list of underlying health conditions that makes a person more susceptible, see see CDC guidance. A physician’s statement is not required to check this box.
- You or your spouse are a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county where you are registered.
- You reside in a nursing home, assisted living facility or home for the aged outside your county of residence.
- You are a candidate for office in the election.
- You are observing a religious holiday that prevents you from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day.
- You serve as an Election Day official or as a member or employee of the election commission.
- You will be unable to vote in-person due to jury duty.
- You have a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place.
- You or your spouse possess a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and you will be working outside the state or county of registration during the open hours of early voting and Election Day and have no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to which mail may be sent or received during such time.
- You are a member of the military or are an overseas citizen.
Register to vote, update your registration, or check that you're registered
The deadline to register or update your registration for the November election is Monday October 5.
Register to vote online
If you have your TN ID, you can register or update your registration in just a few minutes online
Register in person or by mail
If you don't have a TN ID handy, you can register via paper form by mail or in-person at any Chattanooga Public Library, City Hall, or the Hamilton Election Commission.
Check your registration
If you're unsure if you are registered or what address you are registered at you can check online
Power Our Democracy and Get Paid - Become a Pollworker
In Hamilton County, 90% of our poll workers are over the age of 70 and are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. This has led to a drastic shortage of pollworkers. Any resident above the age of 16 is eligible to apply. Applicants 18 or older must be registered to vote in Hamilton County.
About the job:
- Pay is $135 to $175 for working the full Election Day
- Duties include
- Setting up voting stations
- Checking voters in and distributing ballots
- Helping elderly and disabled citizens vote
- Updating voter registration information
- Maintaining safety and cleanliness
- Handing out "I Voted" stickers
- Breaking down polling locations and ensuring all ballots are counted
About Chattanooga Votes
Chattanooga Votes is an non-partisan, civic initiative of the City of Chattanooga to increase voter participation by creating a culture of celebration, pride, and information around the act of voting.
City of Chattanooga
Office of Mayor Andy Berke