Tennessee Electoral Resource


Future President Andrew Jackson founded the city of Memphis on May 22, 1819, along with John Overton and James Winchester. They named it after the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis—meaning “place of good abode”—which was located at the head of the Nile River Delta.

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William Strickland, the engineer and architect of the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, died in 1854 during the building’s construction. At his request, he was entombed within the structure’s walls.

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In 1878, a yellow fever epidemic swept through Memphis, claiming the lives of around 5,000 people. Although many neighboring towns and cities throughout the South established quarantines to prevent the disease from spreading, a majority of residents fled Memphis after news of the outbreak was first reported.

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The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville began as a live music show called the “WSM Barn Dance” by announcer George Hay in 1925. One of the state’s most popular tourist attractions, it is also the longest-running radio show in U.S. history.

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Twenty-four-year-old John Scopes was arrested and put on trial in 1925 for violating Tennessee state law by teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution as part of his public high school curriculum. The “monkey trial,” as it became known, garnered national attention and publicized scientific evidence for evolution, but resulted in a guilty verdict for Scopes, who was fined $100. It was not until 1968 that the Supreme Court asserted that any law banning the teaching of evolution in public schools was unconstitutional.

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In 1947, the Tennessee legislature adopted the tulip poplar as the state tree in recognition of its widespread use by 18th and 19th century pioneers in the construction of their homes and farms.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is America’s most visited national park, attracting more than 9.4 million people in 2010. Known as the “Salamander Capital of the World,” the park hosts the most diverse population of salamanders in the world: 30 different species.

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Memphis, Tennessee, is home to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s former estate. It is one of the most visited private residences in America–second only to the White House.

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Tennessee Voting Quick Facts
  • Current Population:6,600,299
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 11
  • Congressional Districts: 9
Governor Bill  Haslam
Ron Ramsey
  • Senate President/
    Lieutenant Governor
  • Ron Ramsey
  • Republican
Herbert H. Slatery, III,
Hon. Tre Hargett

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
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Tennessee 2016 U.S. Representative races

The 2016 United States House of Representatives election will be held in Tennessee this election cycle. Of the 9 seats up for election this election cycle, 7 currently held by Republicans, and 2 held by Democrats.

Current Seats Distribution By Party Affiliation In Tennessee U.S. House

Congressional DistrictU.S. RepresentativeParty Affiliation

District 1

Representative Roe, David P.Republican

District 2

Representative Duncan, John J., Jr.Republican

District 3

Representative Fleischmann, Charles J. "Chuck"Republican

District 4

Representative DesJarlais, ScottRepublican

District 5

Representative Cooper, JimDemocratic

District 6

Representative Black, DianeRepublican

District 7

Representative Blackburn, MarshaRepublican

District 8

Representative Fincher, Stephen LeeRepublican

District 9

Representative Cohen, SteveDemocratic
Tennessee Congressional Districts
Tennessee US Districts

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Ending Active : 3,318,482

Ending Inactive : 654,057

New Registration : 157,218

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Purge Active : 56,081

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State of Tennessee Quick Facts
  • Date of Statehood: June 1, 1796
  • Size: 42,144 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Volunteer State; Big Bend State; Hog and Hominey State
  • Tree: Tulip Poplar
  • Flower: Iris
  • Bird: Mockingbird
When's The Next Election?
November 8, 2016
In 75 days
Tennessee : General ELECTION DAY (State and Federal General Election) November
Click here to view Tennessee Elections Schedule for 2016

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use tnmap.tn.gov If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Tennessee does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

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