Tennessee Voting Restrictions
New restriction(s) enacted in 2019: Restrictions on third-party voter registration. A federal court, however, has temporarily halted those restrictions from going into place, pending a trial.
New restriction(s) in place for the first time in 2016: Photo ID required to vote.
Click here to see the types of ID required under Tennessee’s law.
Restriction(s) in place for the first time in 2012 : Reduced early voting period and proof of citizenship required to register.
Background: In 2011, a Republican-controlled legislature passed the three voting restrictions, which were signed by a GOP governor. Tennessee’s proof of citizenship requirement applies only to individuals flagged by state officials as potential non-citizens based on a database check. In 2013, lawmakers made the photo ID law, which was in place for the 2012 election, even more restrictive by limiting acceptable IDs to those issued by the state or federal government.