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Vote on Election Day - August 6

You can vote in person on Election Day, Thursday, August 6th. at your polling location from 8 AM to 8 PM. Extra precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID 19. Not sure where you vote?

Vote Early - July 1 to August 1

Vote early in-person for the August election from Friday July 17th to Saturday August 1st. Extra precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID19.

Vote Absentee

If you plan to vote absentee, you must request an absentee ballot from the Hamilton County Election Commission by Thursday July 30. If your request is approved, a ballot will be sent to you via USPS mail from the Hamilton County Election Commission. You must complete and return your ballot to the Hamilton County Election Commission. The Election Commission must receive your ballot on or before Election Day.



Pursuant to the June 4, 2020 Order of the Davidson County Chancery Court, if you are a registered voter and do not wish to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation, you are eligible to request an absentee ballot by mail. You also have the option to vote in-person during early voting or on Election Day.

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:

  1. You will be outside the county where you are registered during the early voting period and all day on Election Day.
  2. You or your spouse are a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county where you are registered.
  3. You are on the permanent absentee list (see question 4 below).
  4. You reside in a nursing home, assisted living facility or home for the aged outside your county of residence.
  5. You will be unable to vote in-person due to jury duty.
  6. You are sixty (60) years of age or older.
  7. You have a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place.
  8. You are hospitalized, ill or physically disabled and unable to appear at your polling place to vote; and/or you have determined it is impossible or unreasonable to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation.
  9. You are the caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled, and/or you have determined it is impossible or unreasonable to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation.
  10. You are a candidate for office in the election.
  11. You serve as an Election Day official or as a member or employee of the election commission.
  12. You are observing a religious holiday that prevents you from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day.
  13. 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.
  14. You are a member of the military or is an overseas citizen.

Register to vote, update your registration, or check that you're registered

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

What was it like the first time you voted?

CHA Votes Voting Story: Janice Bostic Gooden

November 5, 2018

  It was 1972 and I was finally able to vote for the first time. My parents instilled in me that voting was a right that they had to earn for us and that people lost their lives so that we would be able to have that right. As I grew older and paid more…

CHA Votes Voting Story: Jerri Sutton

October 29, 2018

  The first time I voted I was 20 years old and a student at Florida A&M University. It was finally Election Day and I was so excited to vote for the first time. Growing up I learned about the Civil Rights Movement and how my parents and grandparents’ generation fought for my right to…

Mayor Andy Berke

October 12, 2018

  My family was never involved in politics. When I was growing up, they didn’t go to party meetings, and no one ever ran for office. But they did understand the importance of voting. My grandparents, as immigrants to the U.S., understood that the right to choose your elected leaders was a key reason why…

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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

(423) 643-7800