The DeKalb County Election Commission is governed by five commissioners who are appointed by the State Election Commission for two year terms. The commissioners appoint and work closely with the Administrator of Elections.
Early voting for the May DeKalb County Democratic Primary and the 13th Judicial Democratic and Republican Primary will begin April 16 and run through May 1 (no early voting will be held on Good Friday).
In order to make it as convenient as possible for all voters, the election commission voted to set the following hours:
Mondays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. to Noon.
The election commission encourages voters to put these times on their calendar for future reference.
Dennis Stanley, Administrator of Elections, reminds voters the May elections are Primary elections and voters will have to declare in which election they wish to participate.
Under Tennessee law, voters are asked to present a photo ID, meeting the requirements below, whether voting early or on Election Day. There are two exceptions, however, to the new law.
WHAT FORM OF PHOTO ID DO I NEED TO BRING?
Tennessee driver's license with your photo; or United States Passport; or Department of Safety photo ID; or Photo ID issued by the federal government; or United States Military photo ID; or Gun permit card with your photo.
WHAT FORMS OF ID ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE?
A college photo ID or a photo ID not issued by the federal or Tennessee government.
WHO IS EXEMPT?
Voters who vote absentee by mail (view requirements to vote absentee at http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/bymail.htm) ; voters who are residents in a licensed nursing home or assited living center and who vote at the facility; voters who are hospitalized; voters with a religious objection to being photographed; and voters who are indigent and unable to obtain a photo ID without paying a fee.
WHAT IF I DO NOT BRING A PHOTO ID TO THE POLLING PLACE?
If you do not bring a photo ID and you are not exempt (see above exemptions), you must vote a provisional ballot.
You will then have two (2) business days after the election to return to the county election commission office to show a valid photo ID.
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE A PHOTO ID?
You may obtain a free photo ID from the Tennessee Department of Safety.
For Citizens Without Government-Issued Photo IDs
• Under the new voter ID law, in order to get a photo ID for voting purposes, voters must show the following documentation to a Driver Service Center examiner:
o Proof of being a registered voter (a voter registration card);
o Proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate); and
o Two proofs of Tennessee residency (such as a copy of a utility bill, vehicle registration/title, or bank statement).
• It is very important to bring these documents to the Driver Service Center. Under the law, you cannot be issued a photo ID without each of these required items. (If you do not have a birth certificate, ask to speak to a Driver Service Center manager who will work with you to identify possible other documentation to prove citizenship).
• For a photo ID, each applicant must also sign an affidavit under penalty of perjury stating that he or she does not have a valid government-issued photo ID for voting purposes.
For Citizens With Non-Photo Driver Licenses
• Any citizen who currently holds a non-photo Tennessee driver license may elect to simply get a photo driver license rather than a separate photo ID.
• If a citizen presents a voter registration card, and the citizen is only seeking to obtain a photo on the driver license, there will be no fee for this service.
To help reduce the wait time for voters who need government-issued photo IDs, these citizens will be placed in an "express service" category when entering a Driver Service Center. Please tell the employee greeting customers that you are at the center for a government-issued photo ID for voting purposes.
Remember, please notify your county election commission if your residence changes.
For more information please click on "RECRUITMENT GUIDE" in the menu on the left side of this page OR call 597-4146.
Voting system instructions and video demos are available at
There will be a period of Early Voting before every election. There are no special requirements to vote early, every registered voter is entitled to Early Vote. All Early Voting is done at the Election Commission office. Please see the Election Calendar for specific dates.
All early voting is in the Basement Courtroom, DeKalb County Courthouse, Public Square, Smithville. All registered voters are eligible to vote early. For specific dates and times, please see the Election Calendar.
We are working to make each polling place handicapped accessible. If you have a question about a particular polling place, or wish to report a problem with accessibility, please call 615-597-4146.
If your polling place is inaccessible, you have the right to vote at the election commission office on Election Day. Written notice of your intent is required 10 days before the first election you vote in.