Are you an out of state student and want to register in Tennessee?

Fact: Students vote where they sleep

Fact: Students vote where they park their car at night


YOU may register to vote if:

  • you are a U.S. citizen;
  • you are 18 years of age, or will be, on/or before the next election;
  • you are a resident of Tennessee;
  • you have not been convicted of a felony or, if convicted, had voting rights restored by a court order or pardon.

Your address is a major component of the Application for Voter Registration!


I am an out of state student and want to register in Tennessee

  • If you moved to Murfreesboro from another state but now reside in Rutherford County, you may register and vote in Rutherford County for as long as you live in Rutherford County.
  • Unless you switch to a Tennessee State ID/Drivers license, you will be required to fill out the paper mail in form.
  • Paper Mail In Registration- Available here! 
    • All of the instructions for online are the same for the paper registration. The paper registration does not require a Tennessee ID for registration. However, you will need either a Tennessee State or Federally issued ID to vote!
    • If you plan on using your out of state ID as verification of your identity when voting, you will be required to bring TWO forms of proof of residence. This could be your rental agreement or utility bills. Your MTSU ID would also be a good idea to bring with you.
    • Follow one of these options for filling out the registration form:
  • You may register to vote in your hometown. If you moved to Tennessee from out of state to go to school, you may want to vote absentee in your home state. If so, you will need to be directly in touch, right away, with your local county election commission of your home town to learn your state’s voting requirements. Ask about both registration and your state’s rules for absentee balloting.
  • If you are a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be 'home' -         
    • If you wish to maintain voting registry at home, remember that you must travel back to your home county to vote. Check your home county’s election commission website for hours and days when the polls are open.

I still have lots of questions! Who will help me?


We'll answer all your questions
and get you registered!

Email us at
Call us at (615) 898-5877
Stop by and visit us at HARR 108


Students with questions about any election process should call the Rutherford County Election Commission at 615-898-7743, or email inquiries to The Election Commission office is located at 1 Public Square South, Room 103, Murfreesboro, TN 37130.

You can also check out these helpful websites:

Register to Vote!
ADP National
American Democracy Project
Dr. Mary A. Evins
HONR 221
Graduating Civically Engaged,
Globally Responsible Citizens
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