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Vote on Election Day - March 3

You can vote in person on Election Day, Tuesday, March 3rd at your polling location from 8 AM to 8 PM. Not sure where you vote?

Vote Early - February 12-25

Vote early in the Presidential Primary from Wednesday, February 12 through Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

Vote Absentee

If you plan to vote absentee, you must request an absentee ballot from the Hamilton County Election Commission by Thursday, February 25.



Voting absentee is when you receive, fill out, and return a ballot by mail, but you can only vote Absentee if you meet one of the following circumstances:

  1. The voter will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on election day;
  2. 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;
  3. The voter’s licensed physician has filed a statement with the county election commission stating that, in the physician's judgment, the voter is medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed not less than seven (7) days before the election and signed under the penalty of perjury;
  4. The voter resides in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside the voter's county of residence;
  5. The voter will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a federal or state court;
  6. The voter is sixty (60) years of age or older;
  7. The voter has a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place;
  8. The voter is hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled and because of such condition, cannot vote in person;
  9. The voter is a caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled;
  10. The voter is a candidate for office in the election;
  11. The voter serves as an election day official or as a member or employee of the election commission;
  12. The voter’s observance of a religious holiday prevents him or her from voting in person during the early voting period and on election day;
  13. The voter or the voter’s spouse possesses a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or the voter possesses a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and certifies that he or she will be working outside the state or county of registration during the open hours of early voting and Election Day, and has no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to which mail may be sent or received during such time.
  14. The voter is 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