County Seal  REGISTERING TO VOTE

VOTER QUALIFICATIONS (click here to print form)
  1. You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older before the next election.
  2. You must be a resident of the state of Tennessee.
  3. You must be a resident of Sullivan County.
  4. You must not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, your full rights of citizenship must have been restored or you must have received a pardon.
  5. In order to participate in an election, a qualified voter must be properly registered no later than (30) days before the election.  Any properly completed registration applications postmarked at least thirty (30) days before an election will be processed.
MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTING  (click here to print form)
    If you are not in the military, a family member of the military, or an overseas citizen,
    these instructions do not apply to you and you may not use the Form 76 to vote.

  1. Who may vote pursuant to T.C.A. 2-6-502?
  2. A person is not required to already be a registered voter in Sullivan County to vote as a military or overseas voter as long as they meet the qualifications to vote in Tennessee.  Normally, an individual who registers to vote by mail must appear in person in the first election the person votes in after such registration becomes effective.  This provision is waived in the case of military and overseas citizens.  However, since this is only a temporary registration, once you are no longer eligible to vote under this provision of the law, you must complete a voter registration form and submit the form to your local county election commission prior to voting in any subsequent election.
  3. In order to register to vote and request an absentee ballot as an military or overseas voter an application (Form 76) must be received no earlier than January 1 and no later than seven (7) days before the date of the election in the year in which the election is to be held unless the election is to be held less than ninety (90) days after January 1 of the calendar year.  In that case the application may be received no earlier than ninety (90) days before the election and no later than seven (7) days before the election.  The application can be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the Sullivan County Election Commission at the following:
  4. In order for any absentee ballot to be counted the ballot must be received by mail no later than the close of polls on election day.  Once an absentee ballot has been issued the voter must vote by mail.  If the ballot is rejected the voter will be notified that the ballot was rejected and the reason for rejecting the ballot.
  5. If you do not receive a ballot or your ballot is ruined and cannot be used, please notify the election office and another ballot will be sent.
  6. Military or overseas voters who feel that there may not be a sufficient amount of time to receive and then return the voted ballot may also use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).  Instructions for completeing an FWAB may be found at:
  7. If you do not provide all of the required information,the application will be rejected and returned to the voter immediately by mail to be completed and returned again.