Voting by Absentee Ballot Because of COVID – Requests Due Thursday in Davidson County

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 27, 2020) – If Davidson County voters expect to cast their ballot by mail-in voting for the August 6th state and federal primary as well as the county general election due to COVID-19, their requests to the Davidson County Election Commission are due Thursday.


On June 4, Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that the state must provide all eligible voters the option to vote absentee in the August and November elections this year. However, counties will only accept absentee ballot requests until July 30.


Voters are required to mail absentee ballots to the election commission so that it is received by Election Day (August 6). Advocates warn that voters should submit requests and return ballots as soon as possible. If a voter is mailed an absentee ballot and then decides to vote in person, either because they changed their mind or they didn’t receive the ballot, they will be required to vote a provisional ballot.


Early voting for Tennessee’s August 6 election ends Saturday, August 1. This election has heaving contenders in the primaries for United States Senate, United States House of Representatives District 5, Tennessee State Senate Districts 18 and 20, Tennessee State House of Representatives Districts 50-56 and 58-60, as well as general elections for Metro School Board Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9, and Oak Hill City Commissioner.


For a voters’ guide including a list of Out & About Nashville’s endorsements, CLICK HERE.


For a list of in person early voting locations and times, CLICK HERE.


To download a request for an absentee ballot, CLICK HERE.

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Brian Sullivan is a reporter for Out & About Nashville. He has served nearly 2 decades in the television industry, with over 20 years experience as a print and broadcast journalist. Sullivan is an Emmy Award Winning producer, writer, lobbyist, activist and marketing strategist. He is active in several campaigns raising awareness in addiction treatment, equality and mental healthcare. He received recognition as a Nashville Emerging Leader of the Year at the NELA Awards. He is an Executive Board Member of the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee, a member of DrugFree Wilco, the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition, the Memphis Area Prevention Alliance, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Facing Addiction, Fed Up!, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Center for Nonprofit Management, Music City Theatre Company, LGBTQI Nashvillians of Faith, Covenant of the Cross Ministries, Human Rights Campaign, HRC Nashville, Team Friendly Tennessee, Tennessee Equality Project, Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Wilson County Anti-Drug Coalition, National Fraternal Order of Police, the Nashville Filmmakers Guild and is an ordained Minister. Sullivan is a proud donor of the Memphis Hope House, Nashville Cares, Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry, and Second Harvest Food Bank. He has worked extensively on projects with several major networks including Fox News Network, CNN, Time Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times, Inside Edition and Mic.