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Absentee voters can still vote in person using a provisional ballot, but it isn't recommended

Posted at 4:14 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 21:17:39-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A record number of absentee ballots have been requested this year in Tennessee, but what happens if you decide at the last second you still want to vote in person?

"Their process on Election Day will be a little bit different from the normal voter," said Jeff Roberts, Elections Administrator for Davidson County.

Absentee voters will still be able to vote in person, just using what's called a provisional ballot. "That’s just a safety net so that we can make sure if the absentee ballot actually gets to us, we will count it. If not, we count the provisional ballot," said Roberts.

That process makes it more complicated for election officials, so at this point, Roberts hopes if you've requested an absentee ballot, you see it through.

"That makes our life a little bit easier, if they will at this point, take that ballot down to 901 Broadway," he said.

The address for the post office located below the Frist Art Museum in Downtown Nashville is 901 Broadway. Each county has one designated post office that can accept ballots up until close of business on Election Day. "You’ve cut out all the transportation, it’s like right there for that clerk to put it into our PO Box," said Roberts.

On the national level, there's been a discussion about whether or not all absentee ballots can be counted on election night. At least in Davidson County, Roberts says they hope they'll be able to have all ballots counted by midnight.

"We will have to get busy with it," Roberts admits.