Officials urge voters to update their address before heading to the polls

Posted at 9:28 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 22:54:17-04

WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — If you're hoping to vote in the November presidential election, not only do you need to register to vote by the October 5 deadline, but we’re also learning why it’s important to update your registration address as soon as possible.

Your vote matters and where you're voting from is almost just as important. Election officials want people to vote for the candidates and issues that matter to where you live, which is why they’re urging everyone to update their address ahead of the election.

It may seem like more work, but Jeff Roberts of the Davidson County election commission says you’ll save time doing it ahead of election day.

"You’re going to sign more paperwork than if everything is taken care of ahead of time,” Roberts said.

In most counties, your address will determine what precinct to vote in, but that's not the case for Rutherford, Williamson, Monroe and Wilson counties. Those counties are taking part in a pilot program offering voting centers, which allows voters to cast their ballot at any precinct.

Wilson Co. election administrator Phillip Warren says this is the answer for voters always on the go.

“If you’ve moved and you’re not sure where to go, you can go to any voting place in the county now and change your address and vote right there,” Warren said.

Those who don't have a Tennessee ID yet will need to file a paper registration form. You can still register to vote until midnight on Monday. In Davidson Co., election offices will be open on Saturday as well to help you register and change your address.