It's Time to Vote, Memphis!

Early voting is now underway through September 30, 2023. Election Day is October 5th.

This is a big one, Memphis. Voters will decide who will be the next mayor in addition to city council representatives. This guide is meant to prepare you ahead of going to a polling location.

city skyline of memphis behind the M bridge
Phillip Van Zandt

1. Vote Early

When you vote early, you can vote anywhere. No need to find your official polling location and risk being turned away. Bonus: lines are bound to be short when you vote early! There are 18 early voting locations and one is bound to be near you or your work. Find early voting locations here

2. What you need to Vote

In order to vote, remember to take your government-issued, state, or federal ID with you when you go to the polls. 

What IDs are acceptable to use at the polls?

Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired:

  • A Tennessee State issued driver license with your photo
  • United States Passport
  • Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security
  • Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
  • United States Military photo ID
  • Tennessee handgun carry permit with your photo

3. Voting on Election Day

On Election Day, you must vote only at your assigned polling place.  The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you have moved, make sure you are at the correct polling place for your current address.  To find your polling site, click here.


very large American flag hangs on side of building
Alex Shansky

4. Check to see if your registered

Tennessee doesn’t allow same-day voter registration. The deadline to register was Sept. 5. Unsure if you are registered to vote? This link will tell you and will provide you with your Election Day voting information as well as your districts.

5. Do your research

There are a lot of names on the ballot. Here’s a sample ballot to show you everyone that is running. Remember to check what district you are voting for here.

Unsure of who is deserving of your vote? Here are some voter guides that breaks down each candidate and their priorities:

Daily Memphian Voter Guide
Commercial Appeal Voter Guide

Have more questions? The Shelby County Election Commission has a detailed FAQ to help.

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