Eligible Voters May Request Absentee By-Mail Ballots for August Election

WEAKLEY COUNTY (May 8) — As of May 8, eligible Weakley County voters could begin requesting ballots to vote absentee by-mail for the Aug. 6 State and Federal Primary and County General election.
Weakley County Administer of Elections Alex Britt said, “The Weakley County Election Commission is committed to safe and secure Elections and we are working hard to ensure voters feel comfortable voting and are confident in the election process. I encourage voters not to wait. Visit GoVoteTN.com or contact our office to get your absentee ballot request today.”
Tennessee state law provides numerous ways to vote absentee by mail. One of the most popular reasons to vote absentee is being 60 years or older. Other reasons allowed under state law to vote by mail include:
• The voter will be outside the county where they vote 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 will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror.
• 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 will be working as a poll official.
• The voter is a member of the military and out of the county where they vote.
For a list of all statutory reasons to vote absentee by-mail go to weakleycountytn.gov/electioncommission or GoVoteTN.com.
For voters who meet a reason under Tennessee law to vote absentee by mail, the next step is to submit a written request to the Weakley County Election Commission by mail:
Weakley County Election Commission
135 South Poplar Street, Suite A, Dresden, TN 38225-1479
Fax: (731) 364-3229
Email: elections@weakleycountytn.gov
To submit a request by email, attach a document with all the necessary information listed and your scanned signature.
Your request must include:
• Your name
• address where you live
• full social security number
• date of birth
• The address to mail the ballot to, if different than your home address
• For the August election, to receive a primary ballot, you must request either a Republican or Democratic primary ballot. If a party is not specified, you will only receive the general election ballot.
• Which of the qualifying reasons you meet to vote absentee by mail. For example, I am 60 years old.
• Your signature
While not required, a phone number is recommended in case the Weakley County Election Commission needs any additional information.
Requests must be received by the Weakley County Election Commission no later than seven (7) days before the election. For the Aug. 6 State and Federal Primary and County General Election, complete absentee by-mail requests must be received by July 30.
“Administrator of Elections Alex Britt has been diligently preparing for this election,” said Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “They are ready to assist you with your absentee by-mail ballot request.”
For more information about who can and how to vote absentee by-mail visit GoVoteTN.com.
Other important dates to remember are:
Voter registration deadline – Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
Early Voting – Friday, July 17 – Saturday, August 1, 2020.

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