Absentee Voting

All voters registering by mail must either vote in person the first time or make a personal appearance at the County Election Commission before being eligible to vote by mail unless the voter is on the permanent absentee voting register.

 The Application to Vote Absentee By-Mail can be found on the Election Commission main page.  

Who May Vote Absentee?

  • Registered voters who are outside Blount County both during the early voting period and on Election Day during all hours when the polls are open 
  • Full-time students and spouses of students enrolled in an accredited college, university or similarly accredited institution of learning outside of Blount County 
  • Permanent Absentee Voter (Requires a written statement from the person’s physician that the voter is medically unable to appear at his/her polling place or to vote early.) Click here to access the Physician Statement.
  • Full-time resident of licensed nursing home, home for the aged, or similar licensed institution providing relatively permanent domiciliary care outside of Blount County 
  • Jurors serving in a State or Federal Court 
  • Persons over 60 
  • Candidates for office 
  • Election officials 
  • Individuals observing a religious holiday 
  • Sickness, physical disability, or hospitalization 
  • Voter with a disability and the polling place is inaccessible 
  • Caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill or physically disabled 
  • Person possessing a valid Commercial Driver License (or spouse of a person possessing a CDL) or Transportation Worker Identification Credential that will be out of the county during early voting and Election Day. (Must provide a copy of the CDL or TWIC card. If it’s a CDL, must provide the CDL #) 
How to Vote Absentee:

Requests to vote absentee may be received 90 days before each upcoming election. A voter may mail, fax or e-mail an attachment with the signed request to vote absentee to the Election Commission. Your request should include the following information: 

  • Name
  • Residence address
  •  Date of birth 
  • Social security number 
  • The address outside the county where the ballot is to be sent, if applicable 
  •  The election you want to vote in 
  • If the election is a primary, please list your party preference 
  • Reason for voting absentee. (If applicable, a copy of CDL or TWIC card must be provided. If it’s a CDL, must provide the CDL #) 
  • Voter’s signature 

A request to vote absentee by-mail must be initiated by the voter.  The voter must return it to the Election Commission via fax, email, mail, or in person.  The request to vote absentee by-mail cannot be solicited for another voter.  Requests can be accepted up to 7 days prior to the election. Upon receipt and review of your signed request, the Election Commission will mail a set of absentee voting supplies to you. Please follow the instructions carefully, and be sure to contact the Election Commission at 865-273-5920 if you have any questions about your ballot. After completing the ballot and signing the accompanying affidavit, mail the ballot to the Election Commission. No hand-carried absentee ballots will be accepted at the Election Commission or the precinct.  They must be received in the mail or courier service.

The Blount County Election Commission must receive the voted ballot by mail no later than the close of polls on Election Day. Once the Election Commission issues an absentee by-mail ballot to a voter, the voter can only vote by mail. 

For more information on absentee voting, please click here