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 "CERTIFICATE OF RESTORATION". Click below to print the form.
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**
YOU MAY PICK UP BY-MAIL FORMS AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
- Dept. of Public Safety
- Human Services Dept.
- Putnam County Health Dept.
- Public Libraries
- County Clerk
- Armed Forces Recruiting Office
- Local Post Offices
- Register of Deeds Office
If you are already registered in Putnam County and you move within Putnam County, you will need to change your address with us.
For Groups doing Registration Drives, we have a booklet that will answer your questions about registering people correctly and in a timely manner.
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 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) days before Election Day. All voters must present an 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.
Pursuant to the September 9, 2020 Order of the U.S. District Court, first-time voters are not required to vote in-person if they meet a legal reason to vote by-mail.
Is additional information required to vote absentee by-mail if I am a first-time voter who registered to vote by-mail?
You may still need to provide identification when you send back your ballot. Your county will send instructions with your ballot on what to include. Under the U.S. District Court Order of September 9, you do not have to appear in-person to vote in the first election after you register by mail.
Requests are availale 90 days before each election.
- Date of Birth
- Social Security Number
- Residential 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
- Penalty Of Perjury (Must Write this and sign below) I swear or affirm, under the penalty of perjury, that all the information on this form is true and correct and that the voter is eligible to vote in the election.
- 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.
The last day to receive a request for by-mail voting or physician's statements is seven days prior to the Election. Your request must be in the office by the close of business that day.
NOTICE: A person who is not an employee of an election commission commits a Class E felony if such person gives an application for an absentee ballot to any person or commits a Class A misdemeanor if such person gives an unsolicited request for application for absentee ballot to any person. T.C.A. § 2-6-202(c)(3) and (4).
An "FPCA" or "Standard Form 76" is the most common application for armed forces on active duty, activated National Guard member on state orders, their spouses, and any overseas voters. This form may be obtained from their Postal Services or Click Here for an FPCA form.
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.
Military on active duty, activated National Guard, and Overseas voters may also submit a regular request for absentee ballot or a written request for absentee ballot. The voter must indicate that they are military, a military spouse or an overseas citizen. All requests must have the penalty of perjury statement and be signed under the perjury statement.
Absentee ballots for the armed forces, national guard, 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. For more information on military and overseas voting in Tennessee click here.
If you need further information, our e-mail address is: email@example.com . We will reply as soon as we can. You may also check out the website for the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
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.
If you do not update your address information before going to vote you must complete a "FailSafe Voting Affidavit" declaring your new residencial address. Election Officials will review this information to ensure you vote the proper ballot at your proper location.
If you have moved within your precinct, you will vote at the same precinct.
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 be allowed to 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 always 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 faithfully 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 and takes turns at lunch breaks.
A sixteen-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 a parent or legal guardian sign giving permission for you to serve as a poll worker.
If you would like to become an Election worker in Putnam County, please contact the Election Commission Office or complete our on-line form and mail or fax it to us.
Mail: 705 County Services Dr, Cookeville, TN 38501
PUTNAM COUNTY ELECTION COMMISSIONERS
Philip D Adams, Chairman
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Permanent Absentee List
For a voter to be placed on our permanent absentee mailing list, he/she must take a "Physician's Statement" to his/her doctor to be completed by the physician.
Once our office receives the completed document, we will place the voter on the "Permanent Absentee List" which means the following:
· For each election that the voter is eligible to vote in, we will automatically mail an Application for Ballot to the voter. If the voter wishes to vote in the election, he/she must complete the application and mail, fax or hand-deliver it back to our office. We will then "MAIL" an absentee ballot to the voter.
· When the voter receives the ballot, he/she must complete the ballot and "MAIL" it back to us by Election day.
**NO BALLOTS may be faxed or hand-delivered to our office!
· If a voter is on the 'Permanent Absentee List', this only guarantees that the voter will automatically be mailed an 'application for a ballot'.