> Complete a Back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot > Tennessee
If you requested an absentee ballot but have not yet received it, you can still vote by using the back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
In order to be eligible to use this back-up ballot, you must:
Tennessee allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for all elections in which you are eligible to vote.
Open Back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
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Only the following blocks of the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation are required:
Block 1: Tennessee allows you to use the FWAB as a
temporary registration and absentee ballot request.
Block 2: Select the category that describes you.
Block 3: Name (Last, First, Middle)
Block 4: Sex
Requested but not required. Enter the choice that best
describes you from the following list: AI = American
Indian or Alaskan Native; AP = Asian or Pacific Islander
not Native Hawaiian; B = Black, not of Hispanic Origin; H
= Hispanic; M = Multi-racial; NH = Native Hawaiian; W =
White, not of Hispanic Origin; O = Other.
Date of Birth
Social Security Number. If you have never been issued a
Social Security number, write "none".
Block 5: Recommended but not required. Provide your
contact information to allow your local election official to
follow up if more information is required.
Block 6: If you are using this form to register and wish vote
in primary elections, you must enter your political party
affiliation. If you want to change your political party
affiliation, submit a completed Federal Post Card
Application indicating your new party affiliation to the
local election official no later than the registration deadline.
Block 7: Complete street address of your Tennessee voting
residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your
address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block
9. This address must be within the county where you claim
legal voting residence.
Block 8: Enter your current mailing address.
Block 9: Provide any information that may assist the local
election official in accepting this ballot or application.
Affirmation: Sign and date. No witness or notary required.
If you required assistance completing your FWAB, one
person must witness and sign.
Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and seal.
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Open Postage-Paid Envelope Template
The postage-paid envelope may be used in the U.S. postal system which includes: all U.S. Military Post Offices (APO/FPO) overseas or through the diplomatic pouch available at U.S. Embassies/Consulates
You must mail your back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot to your local election official. Find your county or city in the address list below to locate your election official.
Open Election Official Address List
Don't know your county? Go to the county finder. Don't know your zip code? Go to the United States Postal Service website.
More Information on Tennessee's Absentee Voting Guidelines
Tennessee State Election website
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Last updated: 09.19.2013