Election Office

Tracy Tanner-Harris,
Administrator of Elections





Office Phone: (423) 542-1822
Fax: (423) 547-1534

116 Holston Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643

Hours of Operation:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The Election Commission is responsible for registering persons to vote; replace lost registration cards; transfer or change registrations. The Election Commission qualifies persons to run for election to an office. The Election Commission is responsible for purging (or removing) persons from the permanent registration records.

Carter County Election Commission:

Junior Stanley (R) – Chairman

Ramon Sanchez-Vinas (D) – Secretary

Paul Souder (R)

Millard Garland (D)

Tom Whitehead (R)




Absentee Voting By Mail

**NOTE** Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the State has authorized additional reasons to qualify for Absentee Voting By Mail. For a copy of the application to request and Absentee Ballot please click here: 2020 Absentee Request – August

If you wish to vote by mail, you must meet certain legal requirements pursuant to T.C.A. 2-6-201. You must request a ballot in writing over your signature. The request can be made as much 90 days in advance of an election and not later than 7 days prior to an election.

Requests for absentee ballots must be in writing and signed by the voter. The LAST day for the Election Commission to receive applications to vote absentee is July 30, 2020. Requests can be hand delivered or mailed to the Carter County Election Commission. You may call and we will send you a request by mail as well.


♦ The voter’s name;

♦ The voter’s address in Carter County;

♦ The voter’s date of birth;

♦ The voter’s social security number;

♦ The address to mail the ballot;

♦ The election in which the voter wishes to vote (including party preference if the election is a primary); and

♦ The reason the voter is requesting to vote by mail;


If the request does not contain all the information listed above, the Election Commission staff shall send the voter an application for an absentee ballot in order to obtain the needed information.


Instructions for military and overseas voters in Tennessee can be found at:






District Maps


August 6 State/Federal Primary and County General Elections

Important Dates:

Voter Registration Deadline – July 7, 2020 (online registration available at www.govotetn.com)

Early Voting Period – July 17 through August 1, 2020 – polls open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until Noon. **NOTE** Early Voting is held at the Carter County Election Commission Office located at 116 Holston Ave., Elizabethton.

Absentee Deadline – The deadline to request an Absentee Ballot is July 30, 2020

Election Day – August 6 – Polls open at the Precincts from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. **NOTE** All election day voting must be done at your assigned precinct. No voting will take place at the Election Commission Office on Election Day. To find out your polling place, visit www.govotetn.gov or contact the Election Commission Office at 423.542-1823. To see a list of Polling Places, click here: Polling locations for Carter County

To View the Sample Ballot, please click here: SAMPLE BALLOT- AUGUST 2020

Are you registered to vote? It’s easy!

You can now register to vote online in the State of Tennessee. All you need to register online is a drivers license or identification issued by the Department of Safety. CLICK HERE to visit GoVoteTN.com and get signed up today. You can also use the website to check your registration status or update your name or address information. #GoVoteTN 

You can also register in person at the Carter County Election Commission Office or print out a registration form from this website and either mail it to the Election Commission or drop it off in person.

To download the registration form click here: Voter Registration Form


Where do college students register to vote?

For students who attend a college or university not in their home county knowing where to register to vote can be confusing. Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding registrations for college students can be found here: College Student Registration FAQs


PHOTO ID Requirement

Federal or Tennessee Sate government issued photo ID is now required to vote, unless an exemption applies. College student IDs, photo IDs issued by other states, county or city governments, including library cards, will not be accepted. To learn more about the new law and its exceptions, please call the Carter County Election Commission at 423-542-1822 or visit GoVoteTN.com.

Voters who vote absentee by mail, residents of licensed nursing homes, assisted living centers, or those hospitalized are exempt.

Cast your vote in honor of a veteran or service member!













Honor Vote

“The Honor Vote program lets Tennesseans dedicate their vote to those who are serving or have served our country. The men and women of the U.S. military ensure our freedom and democracy, allowing us to cast a ballot each Election Day.”

– Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett


To find out more about the Honor Vote Program CLICK HERE.