A Message for Tennessee Voters

Your vote this fall is important to Tennessee! We have a chance to win key elections this year but we need your help. We have several races where you can make a difference, including the Senate election where Democrat former governor and former mayor of Nashville Phil Bredesen is currently running a slight lead over Republican Marsha Blackburn and the gubernatorial race to push Democrat Karl Dean ahead for a win.

The state senate elections are also extremely important, as winners will serve through 2022 and play a role in Tennessee’s redistricting process; 13 Democrats are running against Republican incumbents. We need your vote to help break the Republican trifecta in place since 2010. We especially need your vote for Allan Creasy for State House District 97 and Joda Thongnopnua for State House District 30.

We also have an important issue on the ballot: Referendum Ordinance No. 6577: Eliminate Run-Off Elections

For more information about these elections, please check out Tennessee State Senate Elections 2018 on Ballotpedia.org or tndp.org.

Even if you voted from abroad in the past, if you haven't yet requested your ballot this year, you still need to do so to make sure you can vote. Just go to votefromabroad.org, fill in the Federal request form, print, sign and send it in to your local election office here in Tennessee.

On behalf of the Tennessee Democratic Party I thank you for your commitment to voting!

Democratically yours,
Mary Mancini
Chair, Tennessee Democratic Party


Your deadlines are coming up. Don't forget:

REGISTER to vote from abroad by Tuesday, October 30. Your registration form will also request your ballot and may be sent by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend registering by email or fax.


REQUEST your overseas absentee ballot by Tuesday, October 30 5 pm PST. You may send your request form by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend sending your request form by email or fax, and having your ballot delivered to you by email.


RETURN your ballot by Tuesday, November 6, 8 pm local time. Mail your voted ballot early enough for it to reach Tennessee by the close of polls on Election Day. We recommend mailing your ballot by Monday, October 8.


All overseas voters may vote in Tennessee state and local elections as well as elections for federal offices (US House and US Senate races).

Note: When you fill in your ballot request form, be aware that selecting “I intend to return” rather than “my return is uncertain” may contribute towards establishing yourself as a tax resident in your voting state. Because the legal requirements to establish "residence" or "domicile" for tax purposes are determined by state law and the specific facts of your life, before you note that you intend to return on your form you may consider seeking advice on these matters from your tax professional.