Vote early






Early voting allows you to vote before Election Day. You vote on the same voting equipment used on Election Day.  There are many advantages to voting early, namely being able to choose a day during the early voting period that best fits your schedule. You can also update your address and vote at the same time.

To vote during the early voting period, you do not need an excuse. You may vote early purely for the sake of convenience.

To vote early, you must appear in-person at the Hardeman County Election Commission office at 106 S. Porter St., Bolivar, TN 38008.

For each election, early voting begins 20 days before the election and ends 5 days before the election.

Note: Although closed from voting on holidays, a person may vote early on any Saturday that falls during this time frame.  (The only exception to this time period, involves a municipal election in which there is not any opposition for any of the offices involved on the ballot.)

For details regarding times and early voting locations, contact the Hardeman County Election Commission office at 731-658-4751.

At the early voting location





Go to the table labeled "Registration Table" to start the voting process.

At the Registration Table you will:
  1. Show your ID and will be asked if you still reside at the location in which the commission shows you registered.
  2. If it is a partisan primary, state your political party.
  3. Sign an application to vote and the poll book verifying your statement.
  4. Will be directed to JBC operator to get a code to enter on the voting machine to vote.
  5. Will be directed to a machine operator where you will give them the application to vote that you have signed.
  6. If you are familiar will the voting machine you will  use the 4-digit code that you were given to access your ballot to vote. If you are not familiar, the machine operator will instruct you on how to use the machine.



Watch an instructional video about the voting machine on YouTube.

Voter ID





You must present an ID containing the your name and photograph when voting early.

Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:

  • Tennessee driver license with your photo
  • United States Passport
  • Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
  • Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
  • United States Military photo ID
  • Tennessee handgun carry permit with your photo


What IDs are not acceptable?

College student IDs and photo IDs not issued by the federal or Tennessee state government are NOT acceptable. This includes county or city issued photo IDs, such as library cards, and photo IDs issued by other states.

Who is exempt?

  • Voters who vote absentee by mail.
  • Voters who are residents of a licensed nursing home or assisted living center and who vote at the facility.         
  • Voters who are hospitalized.
  • Voters with a religious objection to being photographed.
  • Voters who are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee.

Learn more about Voter ID on the Tennessee Secretary of State website.

Where to vote early





Find the location and hours of your early voting site in Hardeman County.

What's on the ballot





What's on your ballot is determined by where you live and are registered to vote.
Find the races and candidates that will appear on your ballot.