Vote by mail 





Who can vote by mail


You can vote absentee by-mail if you fall under one of the following categories:


  • You will be outside the county where you are registered during the early voting period and all day on Election Day.

  • You or your spouse are a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county where you are registered.

  • You are on the permanent absentee list.

  • You reside in a nursing home, assisted living facility or home for the aged outside your county of residence.  

  • You will be unable to vote in-person due to jury duty.

  • You are sixty (60) years of age or older. 

  • You have a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place.


  • You are a candidate for office in the election.

  • You serve as an Election Day official or as a member or employee of the election commission.

  • You are observing a religious holiday that prevents you from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day. 

  • You or your spouse possess a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and you will be working outside the state or county of registration during the open hours of early voting and Election Day and have no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to which mail may be sent or received during such time.

  • You are a member of the military or are an overseas citizen. 

  For more information, you may visit the State of Tennessee, Elections Division website

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 a ballot.
  • 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



What's on the ballot