Vote by mail 





Who can vote by mail

You can vote by mail if you registered to vote in person or have voted in at least one election AND fall into one of the following categories:

  • A person who will be outside of the county during the early voting period and election day.
  • Full-time college students and their spouses who are out of the county.
  • A person who is on the Permanent Disabled mailing list.
  • Residents of licensed nursing homes which are outside the county.
  • Jurors for a federal or state court who will be serving during early voting and election day.
  • Persons age (60) or older.
  • A person who is hospitalized, ill or physically disabled.
  • A person who is a caretaker of a hospitalized, ill or physically disabled person.
  • A person who is a candidate for office in a particular election.
  • A person who is an election official in that particular election.
  • A person who will be observing a religious holiday.
  • A Truck Driver.

How the vote-by-mail process works

Requesting a ballot

You can request a ballot no more than (90) days and no less than (7) days before an election.

To request a mail ballot you can mail, fax or email the Hardeman County Election Commission the Tennessee Request for Absentee Ballot Form or a document with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your social security number
  • Your date of birth
  • The address to mail the ballot outside the county, if you will be outside of the county during early voting and on election day
  • The election in which you wish to participate. If the election involves a primary, the political party in which you wish to participate.
  • Reason the you wish to vote absentee. If applicable, a copy of the your Commercial Drivers License (CDL) containing the CDL number or the Transportation Worker Identification Credential card must be included in your request.
  • Your signature 

A request that contains this information will be processed by the Hardeman County Election Commission and a ballot will be mailed to you.

NOTE: You may have anyone your request for vote by mail application and ballot, but you must sign or make a mark where required.

Voting a mail ballot

Click here to view a sample mail ballot.

  • Use a black or blue ink pen to mark your choices on the ballot.
  • To vote for your choice in each contest, completely fill in the box provided to the left of your choice.
  • To vote for a write-in candidate, completely fill in the box provided to the left of the words “Write-In” and write in the name of the candidate on the line provided.
  • Each ballot will contain a barcode and watermark which will tell the computer which precinct, which party primary and which election this ballot has been printed for.
  • By-Mail ballots will be counted by a high-speed scanner.

Voters unable to write their signature or make a mark

You may have assistance voting if you have a disability and you cannot write a signature or make a mark where required. The action of the person who offers assistance shall be witnessed by one additional person.  Both the person giving assistance and the witness shall sign their names and provide their addresses.

Getting on the Permanent Disabled Mailing List 

To be placed on our permanent absentee mailing list you must have a “Physician’s Statement” completed by you doctor.

Click here to print the Physician’s Statement.

Once our office receives the document we will place the voter on the “Permanently Disabled List” which means:

  • For each election that the you are eligible to vote in, we will automatically mail you an application for a mail ballot.
    • If you wish to vote in the election, you will complete the application and mail, fax or hand-deliver it back to our office.  
    • We will then mail you a mail abllot.
  • NOTE:  Being on the permanent disabled list only guarantees that you will be automatically sent an application for a ballot, not the actual ballot.


Request a ballot by mail

You can send a request for a mail ballot to:

Hardeman County Election Commission
106 S. Porter St.
P.O. Box 12
Bolivar, TN 38008-0012

Phone: 731-658-4751
Fax 731-659-2363

View and download the Tennessee Request for Absentee Ballot Form.

What's on the ballot