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Absentee Voters encouraged to take ballot to post office in order to make the deadline

Deadline for ballots at the post office is 3 pm Tuesday
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Posted at 8:14 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 06:52:02-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — If you haven't mailed your absentee ballot yet, election officials say don't send it off, just drive it to your county's main post office.

Under Tennessee law, if your ballot doesn't arrive at the election commission by the time polls close on Election Day, it will not count.

In Davidson County, the designated branch is the one on the bottom floor of the Frist Art Museum.

Once you get to the post office, hand your ballot over to a postal worker behind the counter. They will be able to put your ballot directly in the P.O. Box for your local election commission. If you just put it in the collection box out front, the mail still has to be sorted and it might not make it in time.

On Thursday, several Nashville voters came into the post office lobby to cast their ballot.

"This is the ballot I’m turning in for my mother. She’s 88 and couldn’t make it so I’m doing it for her," said Juanita Cannon.

For Madhushri Rajantheran, it was preserving her grandmother's health from long lines at the pools.

"It was a lot of people, and with the current conditions I don’t really think it’s safe for grandma," she said.

"I wanted to make absolutely certain it got to the post office myself, so it gets put in their box and I don’t have to worry about it getting lost in the mail," said Cannon.

It's also important to note, in Tennessee, you can't just drop your ballot off at your county election commission. It must be processed through the mail.

You can also send your ballot via UPS and FedEx, but it must arrive before polls close on Tuesday.

The deadline to drop off your ballot at a USPS center is Tuesday at 3 p.m.

If you'd like to look up which post office you can use to drop off your ballot, click here.