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November,8,2016 - General ELECTION DAY (State and Federal General Election) November
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October 11,2016

Voter Registration deadline - In Person - Last day to register to vote in General Election (in person)

October 19,2016

Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts - First day to vote early (in person)

November 1,2016

Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail - Last day to apply for absentee ballot by mail. (application must be recieved by this day)

November 3,2016

Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends - Last day for early voting (in person)

Did You Know?

DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Tennessee
  • 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

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.

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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State of Tennessee 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
Registered Voters

: 3,972,539

Ending Active : 3,318,482

Ending Inactive : 654,057

New Registration : 157,218

New Inactive: 34,407

Purge Active : 56,081

Purge Inactive : 19,826

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Tennessee?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Tennessee.

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  • 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.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Tennessee?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Tennessee, voters have the following options :

    In Person

    you may pick up voter registration applications in person

    By Mail

    You can download and complete the Voter Registration Application and mail the application to your county election commission.

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

    Employees who begin their work day less than 3 hours after polls open and finish less than 3 hours before polls close are entitled to up to 3 hours paid leave to vote. The employee must request leave by noon the day before Election Day. The employer can set the time for leave to vote.

    Tennessee State Government

    Tennessee Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    Whereas,The people of the territory of the United States south of the river Ohio, having the right of admission into the general government as a member state thereof, consistent with the Constitution of the United States, and the act of cession of the state of North Carolina, recognizing the ordinance for the govern ment of the territory—of the United States north west of the Ohio River, by their delegates and representatives in convention assembled, did on the sixth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-six, ordain and establish a Constitution, or form of government, and mutually agreed with each other to form themselves into a free and independent state by the name of the state of Tennessee

    The Tennessee State Constitution is the basic governing document of the state of Tennessee.It sets the structure, responsibilities, character, rules, and process of amendment. It consists of a preamble, 11 articles and a schedule

    The Executive Branch
    Tennessee State Capitol, located in Nashville, Tennessee

    Executive Power

    The supreme executive power of this state shall be vested in a governor.

    Tennessee Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Appointed)
  • The Secretary Of State (Appointed)
  • The Treasurer (Appointed)
  • Legislative Branch
    Tennessee State Capitol, located in Nashville, Tennessee

    Legislative Power

    The powers of the government shall be divided into three distinct departments: legislative, executive, and judicial.

    No person or persons belonging to one of these departments shall exercise any of the powers properly belonging to either of the others, except in the cases herein directed or permitted.

    The legislative authority of this state shall be vested in a General Assembly, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives, both dependent on the people. Representatives shall hold office for two years and senators for four years from the day of the general election, except that the speaker of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives each shall hold his office as speaker for two years or until his successor is elected and qualified provided however, that in the first general election after adoption of this amend ment senators elected in districts designated by even numbers shall be elected for four years and those elected in districts

    Judicial Branch
    Supreme Court: 401 7th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of this state shall be vested in one Supreme Court and in such Circuit, Chancery and other Inferior Courts as the Legislature shall from time to time, ordain and establish; in the judges thereof, and in justices of the peace. The Legislature may also vest such jurisdiction in Corporation Courts as may be deemed necessary. Courts to be holden by justices of the peace may also be established.

    The Supreme Court shall consist of five judges, of whom not more than two shall reside in any one of the grand divisions of the state. The judges shall designate one of their own number who shall preside as chief justice. The concurrence of three of the judges shall in every case be necessary to a decision. The jurisdiction of this court shall be appellate only, under such restrictions and regulations as may from time to time be prescribed by law; but it may possess such other jurisdiction as is now conferred by law on the present Supreme Court. Said court shall be held at Knoxville, Nashville and Jackson.

    The court has 12 members who sit in panels of three in Jackson, Knoxville, and Nashville.

    Tennessee Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(99)
    (26)(73)
    State Senators(33)
    (5)(28)
    US Representatives(9)
    (2)(7)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    What's At Stake in 2016?

    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)

    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

    Democratics(2)Republicans(7)

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Tennessee Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    He shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.

    Qualifications

    He shall be at least thirty years of age, shall be a citizen of the United States, and shall have been a citizen of this state seven years next before his election.

    Election

    The governor shall be chosen by the electors of the members of the General Assembly, at the time and places where they shall respectively vote for the members thereof.

    Term of Office

    elected to hold office for four years

    Limit on Tenure

    Elected hereafter shall be eligible for election to more than two terms consecutively, in cluding an election to a partial term.

    Salary

    $187,500 (declined salary)

    Qualification age

    He shall be at least thirty years of age

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    There is hereby created the state office of lieutenant governor. The person holding the office of lieutenant governor shall be next in succession to the office of governor.

    Qualifications

    The lieutenant governor has to be a member and speaker of the Tennessee State Senate

    Election

    Term of Office

    The Lieutenant Governor as a member of the Tennessee Senate has a four-year term as a Senator

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    An attorney general and reporter for the state, shall be appointed by the judges of the Supreme Court and shall hold his office for a term of eight years. An attorney for the state for any circuit or district, for which a judge having criminal jurisdiction shall be provided by law, shall be elected by the qualified voters of such circuit or district, and shall hold his office for a term of eight years, and shall have been a resident of the state five years, and of the circuit or district one year. In all cases where the attorney for any district fails or refuses to attend and prosecute according to law, the court shall have power to appoint an attorney pro tempore

    Qualifications

    Election

    Tennessee is unique in that the attorney general is appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court, rather than by the governor.

    Term of Office

    serve an eight-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit

    Salary

    $182,508

    Qualification age

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    Tennessee Secretary of State is not the keeper of the state seal; this duty lies with the Governor of Tennessee, the state's only popularly elected executive official.

    Qualifications

    There are no specific qualifications for this office.

    Election

    A secretary of state shall be appointed by joint vote of the General Assembly

    Term of Office

    ommissioned during the term of four years

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit

    Salary

    $190,260

    Qualification age

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The treasurer manages all State investments, receives and disburses public funds and administers major employee benefit programs.

    Qualifications

    Election

    ]the treasurer shall be appointed for two years by the joint vote of both houses of the general assembly ]>

    Limit on Tenure

    shall hold office for two years

    Salary

    $190,260

    Qualification age

    Tennessee State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    Duties of the Speaker include preserving order and decorum and appointing all committee and subcommittee members and officers. In the event that the Speaker is absent, the Speaker Pro Tempore assumes the duties of the office

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a representative unless he shall be a citizen of the United States, of the age of twenty-one years, and shall have been a citizen of this state for three years, and a resident in the county he represents one year, immediately preceding the election.

    Election

    Term of Office

    Representatives shall hold office for two years

    Limit on Tenure

    senators for four years from the day of the general election

    Salary

    $20,884/year

    Qualification age

    21 years old before the general election

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The Speaker also serves as Lieutenant Governor. The Speaker appoints the officers of the Senate as well as the officers and membership of the standing committees

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a senator unless he shall be a citizen of the United States, of the age of thirty years, and shall have resided three years in this state, and one year in the county or istrict, immediately preceding the elec tion. No senator or representative shall, during the time for which he was elected, be eligible to any office or place of trust, the appointment to which is vested in the executive or the General Assembly, except to the office of trustee of a literary institution.

    Election

    Term of Office

    senators for four years from the day of the general election

    Limit on Tenure

    senators for four years from the day of the general election

    Salary

    $20,884/year

    Qualification age

    21 years old before the general election

    Tennessee State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    he court hears appeals of civil and criminal cases from lower state courts, such as the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

    Qualifications

    the person must be at least 35 years old and have been a resident of Tennessee for at least five years. He or she must also be an attorney licensed to practice law in the state.

    Election

    They are appointed to the court and face a retention election at the end of each term.

    Term of Office

    The court is composed of five justices who serve for renewable eight-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Chief salary

    $182,000

    Associates salary

    $177,000

    Qualification age

    be at least 35 years old

    The Appellate Court
    Authority

    Tennessee Court of Appeals hears appeals in civil—or non-criminal—cases from trial courts and certain state boards and commissions.

    Qualifications

    a resident of the district to which he or she was appointed for at least one year;, a resident of Tennessee for at least five years; authorized to practice law in Tennessee; at least 30 years old

    Election

    udges on the court are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Tennessee General Assembly.

    Term of Office

    8 year term

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $171,000

    Qualification age

    at least 30 years old

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