Apr 15 2020
10:17 am

Tennessee should move to allow ALL citizens to vote by absentee ballot. If it's good enough for Donald Trump it should be good for ALL Americans.

Here's what the TN Secretary of State says:

1. What is absentee voting?

Absentee voting is a voting method that involves voting on a day earlier than the actual election day.

Tennessee has two forms of absentee voting:

Absentee in person, which is better known as early voting, and
Absentee by mail, which is commonly called by-mail voting.
2. Who may apply to vote absentee?

To vote as an early voter, a registered voter may vote without giving a reason during the established early voting period. The early voting period typically begins twenty (20) days before an election and ends five (5) days before an election. In those instances in a city election where there is not any opposition on the ballot, there shall be no early voting period.

To vote by mail, a registered voter must fall under one of the following categories:

The voter will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on election day;
The voter or the voter’s spouse is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county of registration;
The voter’s licensed physician has filed a statement with the county election commission stating that, in the physician's judgment, the voter is medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed not less than seven (7) days before the election and signed under the penalty of perjury;
The voter resides in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside the voter's county of residence;
The voter will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a federal or state court;
The voter is sixty (60) years of age or older;
The voter has a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place;
The voter is hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled and because of such condition, cannot vote in person;
The voter is a caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled;
The voter is a candidate for office in the election;
The voter serves as an election day official or as a member or employee of the election commission;
The voter’s observance of a religious holiday prevents him or her from voting in person during the early voting period and on election day;
The voter or the voter’s spouse possesses a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or the voter possesses a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and certifies that he or she will be working outside the state or county of registration during the open hours of early voting and Election Day, and has no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to which mail may be sent or received during such time.
The voter is a member of the military or is an overseas citizen.


I would like to see the early voting extended...maybe a week. Also have longer times, say 6:30 or 7:00 maybe on 3 days each week. It would be more work for the Election Commission employees, who work very hard as it is, but I would prefer that to wholesale absentee ballots.

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