#WJHLvotes: What you need to know about today’s TN primary, county elections


Thursday is election day in Tennessee. Voters across the state will cast ballots in federal and state primary elections and county general elections. 

News Channel 11 will be covering elections across Northeast Tennessee both online at wjhl.com and on-air. Follow Your Local Election Headquarters, on social media, using the hashtag #WJHLVotes 

Here’s what you need to know ahead of election day.

Polling hours

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Sullivan, Washington, Hawkins, Carter, Unicoi, and Johnson County

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Greene County

Polling locations

You can find your election day polling location by visiting the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website

You can also download the GoVoteTN mobile app. Through the app, not only can you find your polling location, you can also view and mark sample ballots, see your elected officials, and get county election commission information.

Bring your ID

In order to vote in at a polling place in Tennessee, voters must present a federal or state-issued ID that contains the voter’s name and photograph. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Tennessee driver license with your photo
  • United States Passport
  • Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
  • Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
  • United States Military photo ID
  • Tennessee handgun carry permit with your photo

Some voters may be allowed to vote without a photo ID:

  • Residents of a licensed nursing home or assisted living center who vote at their facility and voters who are hospitalized
  • Voters with a religious objection to begin photographed
  • Voters who cannot afford to pay the fee for a photo ID

There is more information about how to get a provisional ballot and how to get a free photo ID from the Department of Homeland Security. Check out that information here from the Secretary of State’s Office. 

What not to wear

Per state law, polling locations and the area within a 100-foot boundary surrounding the entrance are campaign-free zones. The law prohibits the display or distribution of campaign materials and the solicitation of votes for or against any person, party, or question on the ballot in these areas. 

How to register

While it is too late to register to vote in Thursday’s election, you can go ahead and register for the federal and state general election coming up in November. 

To register, you can visit your county’s election office or you can register online at the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website. 

You can also update your voter information using the same website. 

November election

The federal and state general election will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 

Early voting will be held from October 17 to November 1. 

October 9 is the last day to register to vote in the November election. 

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