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2,287,756 absentee ballots were cast in Tennessee’s 2020 election cycle. Overall 3,053,851 ballots were cast in the 2020 election, putting overall state turnout at about 68%. The state swung heavily for incumbent Donald Trump, who won its 11 electoral votes with 60.7% of the popular vote. Tennessee has consistently voted for Republican presidential candidates since 2000.

Tennessee has a bicameral legislature with 33 senators and 99 representatives. The legislative sessions last for two years and – comprised of no more than 90 legislative days, and Republicans have held the majority in both chambers since 2008. Tennessee’s governor, Bill Lee (R), is eligible for re-election in 2022.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseAbsence from polling place, spouse is enrolled in school outside the county of registration, voter resides in a full-time facility, jury duty, voter is 60 older, voter is hospitalized, voter is a candidate for office or election day official, or religious reasons.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
DeadlineSeven days before Election Day.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of Cycles1No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Tennessee averages a 72% rating, reflecting its right leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.