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The 1998 Higher Education Act requires all post-secondary institutions to distribute information to students concerning voter registration. Tennessee residents who wish to register to vote may do so by clicking here.
Shelby County encourages LOC students to participate in local, county, state and national elections. To vote in elections in the State of Tennessee, one must be registered at least 30 days prior to the election date. Upon receiving and approving the voter registration application form, the Shelby County Election Commission will assign the individual a voting precinct (where the voter will vote on Election Day based on residence address).
An individual who is registered to vote in their home county of residence and is attending a university or college outside their home of voter record may request an absentee ballot from their County Election Commission office (check with your county election office for deadlines), and vote by absentee ballot. Or the student, if residing in Shelby County, may choose to change their county of residence (and spouse if applicable), and register to vote in Shelby County while attending LOC (which cancels voter registration in the previous county of residence), and then vote either during the announced early voting period, or on Election Day.
Voter Registration applications and other election information may be obtained by visiting the Shelby County Election Commission website.
Voter Registration cards are mailed to the voter's address provided on the registration application. LOC students living on campus should provide their residence address of 807 Walker Avenue, Memphis, TN 38126.
Students with questions about any election process should call the Shelby County Election Commission at 901-222-1200, or email inquiries to voteinfo [at] shelbycountytn [dot] gov. The Election Commission office is located at 157 Poplar Ave, Suite 137, Memphis, TN 38103.
Individuals may register to vote if they:
- Are a U.S. citizen
- Will be 18 years of age on/or before the next election
- Are a resident of Tennessee
- Have not been convicted of a felony or, if convicted, had voting rights restored by a court order or pardon