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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in Tennessee.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Please contact your local election office for more detailed information about the laws concerning election dates,poll hours,poll locations, voter id requirements,absentee voting, voter registration, name or address changes that would apply in your case.

2017 Election Dates & Deadlines

November 7,2017 - City of Knoxville General Election -- Date: November 7,2017

Deadlines
August 9, 2017 Absentee Ballot Request starts:First day to request an absentee ballot
October 9, 2017 Voter Registration Ends:Final day to register to vote before election
October 18, 2017 Early Voting begins:First day of Early Voting period
October 31, 2017 Absentee Ballot Request ends:Final day to request an absentee ballot
November 2, 2017 Early Voting ends:Final day of Early Voting period

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

May 1 ,2018 - Knox County Primary Election -- Date: May 1,2018

Deadlines
January 31, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request starts:First day to request an absentee ballot
February 15, 2018 Candidate Qualifying Deadline:February 15, 2018 at NOON - Candidate Qualifying Deadline
February 22, 2018 Candidate Withdrawal Deadline:February 22, 2018 at NOON - Candidate Withdrawal Deadline
April 2, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Final day to register to vote before election
April 11, 2018 Early Voting begins:First day of Early Voting period
April 24, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request ends:Final day to request an absentee ballot
April 26, 2018 Early Voting ends:Final day of Early Voting period

August 2, 2018 - State and Federal Primary -- Date: August 2,2018

Deadlines
April 5, 2018 Candidate Qualifying Deadline:April 5, 2018 at NOON - Candidate Qualifying Deadline (FOR STATE/FEDERAL/FARRAGUT CANDIDATES)
April 12, 2018 Candidate Withdrawal Deadline:April 12, 2018 at NOON - Candidate Withdrawal Deadline (FOR STATE/FEDERAL/FARRAGUT CANDIDATES)
May 4, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request starts:First day to request an absentee ballot
July 3, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Final day to register to vote before election
July 13, 2018 Early Voting begins:First day of Early Voting period
July 26, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request ends:Final day to request an absentee ballot
July 28, 2018 Early Voting ends:Final day of Early Voting period

2018 November 6 General Election -- Date: November 6,2018

Deadlines
August 8, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request starts:First day to request an absentee ballot
October 8, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Final day to register to vote before election
October 17, 2018 Early Voting begins:First day of Early Voting period
October 30, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request ends:Final day to request an absentee ballot
November 1, 2018 Early Voting ends:Final day of Early Voting period

Good To Know

Note

Laws, rules, and procedures in State and local elections may differ depending on the type of election.

General Elections

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections. Most offices on the general election ballot are partisan.

Primary and Caucus

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. The main difference between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus involves face-to-face interaction between voters, where voters can try to persuade one another to vote for (or against) a certain candidate.

Municipal Elections

In municipal elections, registered voters elect members of their local government, such as mayors, council people, township supervisors and district judges.

School Elections

School elections are held to elect school board members and community college directors

Special Elections

A special election is held when someone who is already in office can no longer serve and must be replaced. All registered voters in the district can vote in a special election.

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