Felons and voting rights






If you have been convicted of a felony, you are eligible to register and vote in Tennessee, as long as the conviction was not for murder, rape, treason, or voter fraud.

You must go through the process of getting your voting rights restored.To restore your voting rights, you must either:

  • Submit a Certificate of Restoration completed by your local Probation & Parole Agent;

    or
  • Petition the Circuit Court to restore your rights.




Once your paperwork is complete, please bring it to the Hardeman County Election Commission.

Then we will send your paperwork to the Division of Elections in Nashville.

After we have received approval from the Tennessee Division of Elections, we can process your registration.

The voting rights restoration process usually takes about 2 weeks.



Click here for the Certificate of Restoration of Voting Rights.

For more information on the restoration of voting rights in Tennessee, visit the Secretary of State's website.