The Putnam County Election Commission is in charge of all elections and voting in the county.
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TO REGISTER YOU MUST....
be a United States citizen AND
be a resident of Putnam County, Tennessee AND
be at least 18 years old by the next Election AND
not have been convicted of a felony, or if you have, your full rights of citizenship must have been restored (or you must have received a pardon).
The State of Tennessee has a new "CERTIFICATE OF RESTORATION" which is effective as of September 1, 2010. Click on the link under FORMS, on our home page, to print it off or come into our office and pick one up.
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YOU MAY REGISTER IN PERSON in our office:
Putnam County Election Commission
705 County Services Dr
Cookeville, TN 38501
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
**TO REGISTER IN OUR OFFICE AND RECEIVE YOUR VOTER CARD IMMEDIATELY, YOU MUST BRING TWO (2) DOCUMENTS SHOWING YOUR NAME AND CURRENT ADDRESS**
Click here for a printable REGISTRATION FORM
YOU MAY PICK UP BY-MAIL FORMS AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
Dept. of Public Safety
Human Services Dept.
Putnam County Health Dept.
Armed Forces Recruiting Office
Local Post Offices
Register of Deeds Office
**Anyone who registers by mail, must vote in person the first time he or she votes after registering.**
If you are already registered in Putnam County and you move within Putnam County, you will need to change your address with us.
Click here for a printable ADDRESS CHANGE form.
For Groups doing Registration Drives, we have a booklet that will answer your questions about registering people correctly and in a timely manner.
Click here for a Guide for Voter Registration
YOU DO NOT REGISTER BY POLITICAL PARTY IN TENNESSEE. However, you must declare a party when you vote in a Party Primary.
YOU MUST REGISTER TO VOTE OR MAKE ANY CHANGES to your registration information at least 30 days prior to any Election.
Early Voting is for all eligible voters who wish to vote before Election Day. Early Voting starts twenty days prior to the Election and closes five (5) or seven (7) days before Election Day (depending on the election). All voters must present a TN or U.S. issued ID containing the voter's name and photograph when voting at the polls, whether voting early or on Election Day. The exemptions are those voting by absentee, hospitalized, and in a licensed nursing home. Valid photo ID includes: a TN driver license, U.S. passport, TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security photo ID, photo ID issued by the Federal government or TN state government, such as an employee ID from the U.S. Department of Energy with your photo, U.S. Military photo ID including a Veteran ID card, TN handgun carry permit card with your photo. A college photo ID is not a valid ID for voting purposes. All Early Voting will be at the Election Commission Office located off South Willow Avenue at 705 County Services Dr.
If you are unable to appear at your polling place on Election Day, or during the Early Voting period at the office, you may request a by-mail ballot for the following reasons. (First time voters who registered by mail are NOT allowed to vote absentee the first time. You can call the office at 526-2566 if you are in doubt.)
1. You are 60 years of age or older;
2. A physician has filed a statement with the county Election Commission stating that, in the physician's judgment, the voter is medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed with the Election Commission not less than seven (7) days before the election and signed under the penalty of perjury. Click here for Physician's Statement
3. You will be out of the county of registration during the Early Voting period and all day on Election Day;
4. You are a student (or spouse of a student) enrolled in an accredited college or university located inside Tennessee and outside the county of registration;
5. You are a resident of a licensed Nursing Home which is outside the county;
6. You are hospitalized, ill or disabled and therefore cannot vote in person, then call the office for details;
7. You are the caretaker of a hospitalized, ill, or disabled person;
8. You are a Candidate for an office in the Election;
9. You are serving on a state or federal jury;
10. You are an Election Official in the Election or an employee of the Election Commission;
11. You are observing a religious holiday;
12. You have a Commercial Drivers License, CDL (or are the spouse of a person possessing a CDL) or you have a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), and will be out of the county during the Early Voting period and all day on Election Day, & have no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to receive mail during this time. You must enclose a copy of your CDL or your spouse's CDL or TWIC card. The CDL # is ____________________
13. You are a member of the military or you are an overseas citizen. (Complete a Form 76, see below)
If your request contains the following information, a ballot will be mailed to you.
- DATE OF BIRTH
- SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
- RESIDENCE ADDRESS
- PHONE NUMBER
- YOUR REASON FOR VOTING BY MAIL
- WHICH ELECTION YOU WISH TO VOTE (including any party affiliation)
- WHERE TO MAIL THE BALLOT IF OUT OF THE COUNTY
- YOUR SIGNATURE
If your request is incomplete for any reason, an official application must be mailed to you and returned to our office before a ballot can be processed. Only the request for ballot may be faxed to this number (931) 526-8724, e-mailed with an attached document that includes a scanned signature or hand delivered to our office. The delivery and return of the "ballot" must be done through the US mail. If you have problems please contact our office at (931) 526-2566.
Last day to receive request for by-mail voting or doctors statements is seven days prior to the Election. Your request must be in the office by the close of business that day.
A "Standard Form 76" is the appropriate application from armed forces, their spouses and any overseas voters. This form may be obtained from their Postal Services or
Click Here for a Request Form 76
Complete the Form 76, and fax it to 931-526-8724, e-mail it with an attached document that includes a scanned signature, hand deliver it to our office or mail it to: Putnam County Election Commission; 705 County Services Drive; Cookeville, TN 38501.
The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) amendment was signed by the President on October 28, 2009. This changed the length of time the Form 76 is effective in our office. In order for the voter to receive absentee ballots for any regularly scheduled election, the voter must submit a new Form 76 EACH calendar year. The Form 76 is now only effective for one (1) calendar year. On the forms, you must indicate a party preference if you wish to vote in any primary Elections.
Absentee ballots for the armed forces and overseas voters are mailed early. The ballots will be sent by-mail, (unless you have requested to receive yours by e-mail) and received by-mail, on or by Election Day, to be counted in the State of Tennessee. You will receive 'return envelopes' for the ballots, with no postage required. If you request your ballot by e-mail, you must be able to print the ballot out and have two envelopes available for the ballot return.
If you are a previously registered voter here, you may fax a letter of request as is explained in "Absentee Voting" or we will accept the Form 76 from armed forces personnel, and use that as your request/application. Once again, all delivery and return of the ballot must be done through the US mail.
Federal FailSafe Voting procedures for voters who have moved within the county:
According to the 1993 Federal Voter Registration Act, all voters must vote in the precinct where they reside. However, if you appear at your old voting location, or your new voting location on Election Day, or at the Election Office during early voting, you will vote the ballot for your newly assigned precinct.
If you do not update your address information before going to vote you must complete a "FailSafe Voting Affidavit" declaring your new residence address. Election Officials will review this information to insure you vote the proper ballot at your proper location.
If you have moved within your precinct, you will vote the same ballot.
If you have moved to a precinct outside your old precinct, Election Officials will issue you a pass to take to your new precinct.
During Early Voting, your address will be changed and you will vote the ballot for your new precinct.
The County Election Commissioners appoint Election Officials for every Election. Election Day workers are appointed from the precinct in which they vote. The usual number of workers for a voting precinct is six (6). The positions are Officer, Precinct Registrar, Machine Operator/Judge and Special Judge. If the precinct is large, the number is greater than usual; extra persons for the positions can be appointed except there is only one (1) Officer in charge of a voting precinct.
The polls are open on Election Day from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The workers must be in the precinct one hour before the polls open to set the precinct up. All the workers must stay the entire day and leave together that night. After the polls close at 7:00 p.m., all the machines are read and recorded. Any paper ballots must be counted and recorded, and the Officer of Election and a precinct worker, of a different political party, shall return all materials, supplies, and voting machines to the Election Commission Office.
Election workers are required to attend a training school before they can work on Election Day for every Election. The Election Commission pays the Election worker for attending the school of instruction and for approximately a twelve (12) hour Election Day.
Putnam County Election Commission has a trained group of Election workers who have been faithful helping with the Elections, but we are also always in need of new recruits. There are always people who have conflicts with their schedules that miss an Election or two sometimes.
A poll worker will need to be a resident and a registered voter in Putnam County. You will need to be available and able to work from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. This entire time is spent at the precinct with lunch breaks scheduled by precinct officer in charge. We ask you to bring a bag lunch with you unless your precinct is one that shares a "covered dish" and takes turns at lunch breaks.
A seventeen-year-old student, even though they are not a registered voter, may serve as a poll worker in Tennessee. If you would like to do this, you may complete an application form. You must also have two teachers recommend you to our office to serve as a poll worker.
If you would like to become an Election worker in Putnam County, please contact Debbie Steidl at the Election Commission Office or complete our on-line form and mail, or fax it to us.
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