Election 2022

Voting is the way we as citizens of the United States and its component states, counties and cities express our opinions and preferences. We are periodically asked to mark our ballots for candidates for various offices and to weigh in on proposals to change or enact laws, impose new taxes and many other kinds of questions. Voting is the cornerstone of our democratic process.

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Williamson County’s Welch rolls out endorsement list for school board

BY: - June 16, 2022

Eric Welch, incumbent member of the Williamson County School Board, has rolled out more than two dozen endorsements from current and former school system administrators and Parent Teacher Organization leaders.  Among those endorsing are Dr. Alicia Spencer Barker, Tim Stillings and Kevin Townsel, all members of the Franklin Special School District Board of Education; Mark […]

Juana Cecilia and her family contemplated eviction from the Nashville mobile home park they lived in for over a decade after a developer bought the property and gave residents a short timeline to move. Photo by John Partipilo.

Wave of evictions may depress voter turnout for Tennessee midterm election

BY: - June 16, 2022

Tennessee habitually ranks as one of the lowest states in the nation for voter turnout, with fewer than 60% of the state’s voting-eligible population casting a ballot in the 2020 presidential election.  And while the General Assembly hasn’t passed as many restrictions on voting rights as other Southern states, voting in Tennessee has limits. A […]

Shelby County Commissioners at a March meeting. (© Karen Pulfer Focht)

Shelby Commission approves new voting machines amid discord

BY: - June 7, 2022

Shelby County commissioners voted Monday to spend $5.8 million on voting machines for the November elections as tempers flared and in spite of an ongoing lawsuit pitting county officials against one another. The Shelby County Commission and the Shelby County Election Commission are currently embroiled in litigation to decide which body has jurisdiction over deciding […]

Councilmember and gubernatorial candidate JB Smiley, Jr., at a recent debate. (Photo: JB Smiley)

Smiley drops policy platform

BY: - May 27, 2022

On Friday, Memphis City Council member J.B. Smiley, Jr., laid out his policy platform in the Democratic contest for governor.  “It’s time we do more than simply identify the issues, but put a plan in place to address them moving forward. With your help, we can create a better Tennessee, together,” said Smiley in a […]

Tennessee State Capitol (Getty Images)

Registry of Election Finance declines to investigate Rep. Sherrell’s fire-hall checks

BY: - May 19, 2022

The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance claimed Wednesday it had been “weaponized” in the state House District 43 race and refused to investigate a complaint that Rep. Paul Sherrell wrote checks to volunteer fire halls and asked for cash back. “What we’re being asked here is to assume that Mr. Sherrell is a crook, bottom […]

Tennessee State Capitol. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

Battle over ethics reform bill rages as group calls for veto

BY: - May 18, 2022

More than two weeks after the legislative session’s end, lawmakers continue warding off the efforts of advocacy groups to kill increased reporting requirements for “dark money” campaign spending. Lt. Gov. Randy McNally this week characterized those who oppose the legislation as either “wildly misinformed or willfully obtuse.” And state Rep. Sam Whitson, a Franklin Republican […]

Judicial candidate Jim Todd waves to voters--from 100 feet away--on Tuesday morning in Nashville. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Primary election draws small voting numbers in Davidson County

BY: - May 3, 2022

Voters meandered in and out of Cathedral of Praise in north Nashville, many apprised on the issues facing Nashvillians on a local and federal level.  Few people had shown up to vote by noon, said Carmen Dixon, despite her efforts to encourage more young people to vote. She noted that a lot of people voted […]

Election 2022

Voting is the way we as citizens of the United States and its component states, counties and cities express our opinions and preferences. We are periodically asked to mark our ballots for candidates for various offices and to weigh in on proposals to change or enact laws, impose new taxes and many other kinds of questions. Voting is the cornerstone of our democratic process.

Deadlines

July 5

Voter registration deadline for August primary

July 28

Absentee ballot request deadline for primary

July 15 - July 30

Early voting for August primary

October 11

Voter registration deadline, general election

October 19 - November 3

Early voting period

November 1

Absentee ballot request deadline

Voter Guide

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