2022 elections in Tennessee: Nashville voters need extra postage to send mail-in ballots

Nashville voters who have opted for an absentee ballot this election season will need to add extra postage to mail it in due to its large size, officials said.

Why? The ballot is the longest-ever in county history.

Early voting in Tennessee began July 15 and runs through July 30. Election Day is Aug. 4.

An instruction sheet is included with each ballot sent to absentee voters, including guidance on what postage to use, Davidson County Election Commissioner Jeff Roberts said.

Instructions are included with each absentee ballot sent to Davidson County voters for the 2022 election, officials said.
Instructions are included with each absentee ballot sent to Davidson County voters for the 2022 election, officials said.

The ballots will cost 78 cents to send via first-class mail in a plain white envelope, according to the sheet. Voters sending mail-in ballots can use a Forever stamp and a 20-cent stamp or visit a post office to pay for postage in person.

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Also, two Forever stamps will more than cover the cost, Roberts added.

The need for extra postage to mail a ballot is rare, according to Tennessee Secretary of State spokesperson Julia Bruck. Just one Forever stamp is typically needed. But Bruck said it's up to county election commissions to tell voters if more postage is required.

Voters can track their ballot receipt status at tnmap.tn.gov/voterlookup. Anyone with questions can call the Davidson County Election Commission at 615-862-8815.

Find reporter Rachel Wegner at rawegner@tennessean.com or on Twitter @rachelannwegner.

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