What to Expect at the Polls

/What to Expect at the Polls
What to Expect at the Polls2018-09-27T14:44:57+00:00

All voters, whether voting at an Early Voting location or at their Election Day precinct, must provide proof of identification. This could be in the form of a Federal (passport, military ID) or Tennessee-issued photo ID (driver’s license, concealed-carry permit, state photo ID) or similar document. If you have a religious objection to having your photograph made, or cannot afford a photo ID, you may sign an AFFIDAVIT OF IDENTITY form that is available at the polling place.

A Registrar will ask you to complete an Application to Vote and ask to see your ID. After verifying your identification, the Registrar will ask you to sign a Poll/Signature Book.

If you have recently moved and have an address different from that in the election records, you will be asked to complete a Fail Safe Voting Affidavit so the Registrar can determine if you are in the correct precinct. (It’s against the law to vote in a precinct you don’t live in!)

If you must go to another precinct, you will be given a copy of the Fail Safe form to take with you so the Registrar at the new precinct will be able to see you are at the right place. (This does not apply at an Early Voting location).

A voting machine operator will ask for your Application for Ballot and set the machine for the proper ballot. Your vote is secret. However, if you have a question, be sure to ask the machine operator before you press the CAST VOTE button.

If you have any special needs that will make your voting experience easier and faster, just ask. There are plenty of friendly poll workers waiting to help!

After you press the CAST VOTE button on your voting machine, you’re finished. Don’t leave without your “I Voted” sticker and wear it proudly!

Please EXIT promptly.