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August 08, 2011 State Election Commission Meeting
(Published: July 25, 2011)
Seven Reappointed to Tennessee State Election Commission
(Published: June 23, 2011)

The seven members of the State Election Commission were recently reappointed for another term. They will serve until May 2015.

The State Election Commission is responsible for appointing five county election commissioners for every county in the state and monitoring the activities and performance of the county election commissions. The state election commissioners are:

  • Judy Blackburn of Morristown, a member since June 2009
  • Tom DuBois of Columbia, a member since March 2009
  • Greg Duckett of Memphis, a member since May 2007
  • Tommy Head of Clarksville, a member since May 2007
  • James H. Wallace, Jr. of Jackson, a member since May 1995
  • Tom Wheeler of Clinton, a member since February 1992
  • Kent D. Younce of Lafollette, a member since June 2009

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July 11, 2011 State Election Commission Meeting
(Published: June 23, 2011)
Secretary Hargett Praises New Law Regulating Sports Agents
(Published: June 13, 2011)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett applauded members of the Tennessee General Assembly for approving legislation that is aimed at cracking down on unscrupulous sports agents.

“It isn’t widely known, but the State of Tennessee does play a role in regulating the activities of sports agents who operate in our state,” Secretary Hargett said. “This legislation makes several important changes that should provide greater protection for student athletes, universities and their fans. I applaud Sen. Jim Tracy and Rep. Joe Carr, the legislation’s primary sponsors, as well as all of the other members of the General Assembly who supported these reforms.”

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June 13, 2011 State Election Commission Meeting
(Published: June 1, 2011)
County Election Commission Appointments April 4 - May 9, 2011
(Published: May 10, 2011)
May 9, 2011 State Election Commission Meeting
(Published: April 28, 2011)
County Election Commission Appointments April 4 - 11, 2011
(Published: April 15, 2011)
April 11, 2011 State Election Commission Meeting
(Published: March 31, 2011)

Meeting to be held April 11, 2011.

View Notice.

April 7, 2011 State Election Commission Telephonic Meeting
(Published: April 6, 2011)

Meeting to be held April 7, 2011.

View Notice | View Instructions

April 4, 2011 State Election Commission Meeting
(Published: March 22, 2011)

Meeting to be held April 4, 2011 at 12:00pm central daylight time.

View Notice.

March 8, 2011 Special Election Results
(Published: March 8, 2011)
March 14, 2011 State Election Commission Meeting
(Published: February 28, 2011)

Meeting to be held March 14, 2011 at 12:00pm central standard time.

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Early Voting Totals for March 8, 2011 Special Election
(Published: February 18, 2011)
Special Election Primary Results
(Published: January 20, 2011)

View results for the January 20, 2011 Special Election Primary.

State Election Commission Meeting
(Published: January 19, 2011)

Meeting to be held February 15, 2011 at 11:00am central standard time. View Notice.

State Election Commission Telephonic Meeting
(Published: January 18, 2011)

Meeting to be held January 26, 2011 at 3:00pm central time. View Notice.

Early Voting Totals for January 20, 2011 Special Election Primary
(Published: January 10, 2011)
State Election Commission Meeting
(Published: December 23, 2010)

Meeting to be held January 10, 2011 at 12:00pm. View Notice.

State Election Commission Telephonic Meeting
(Published: December 22, 2010)

Meeting to be held December 29, 2010 at 1:00pm. View Notice.

List of Candidates for Upcoming Special Elections
(Published: December 21, 2010)

View a list of candidates for Tennessee Senate District 18 and Tennessee House District 98 Special Elections.

Due to inclement weather, today's State Election Commission meeting has been canceled. Please continue to monitor this web site for weather-related changes at the Tennessee Department of State.
(Published: January 10, 2011)
Early Voting in Tennessee off to a Fast Start
(Published: July 22, 2010)

More than 150,000 Tennesseans have already decided to enjoy the convenience of early voting.

Through the first five days of early voting, 153,768 people had voted statewide. At that pace, the total number of people who vote early could more than double the 209,474 who voted early for the August 2008 election and exceed the 447,910 who voted early for the August 2006 elections.

Link to Early and Absentee Vote Totals

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Early Voting Totals for Aug. 5 Primary
(Published: July 21, 2010)

Click here to find out how many voters have taken advantage of the convenience
of early voting in each of Tennessee's 95 counties.

State Election Commission Meeting August 17, 2010
(Posted 07/21/2010)
Secretary of State Tre Hargett Announces Early Voting Period. Tennessee Election Coordinator to Vote on First Day of Early Voting
(Published: July 15, 2010)

Beginning Friday, July 16, registered voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for the August 5 state primary and county general elections.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett is encouraging voters to take advantage of early voting if they wish. “Early voting gives individuals the peace of mind of not worrying about being rushed on Election Day to get to the polls,” Secretary Hargett said. “Many people enjoy the convenience and flexibility of early voting because it allows them to work voting into their busy schedules.”

Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins will be kicking off the first day of early voting this Friday by personally casting his own ballot. Coordinator Goins plans to vote at the Davidson County Election Commission office, 800 Second Avenue South in Nashville, at 1:15 p.m. Friday.

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Official List of 2010 Candidates
(Published: April 28, 2010)
State Election Commission Meeting June 15, 2010
(Posted 06/7/2010)
State Election Commission Telephonic Meeting May 25, 2010
(Posted 05/20/2010)
Alternate Polling Places in Use During May 18th Election in Davidson County
(Published: May 17, 2010)

Three alternate polling places will be in use during Tuesday’s election in Davidson County as a result of the recent flood.

The election was originally scheduled for May 4, but it was postponed due to the flooding.

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Davidson County Polling Places Relocated Because of Flood
(Published: May 10, 2010)

Due to severe flooding conditions, Davidson County has postponed the May 4, 2010 county primary election to May 18, 2010. However, three polling locations will not be available for voting and voters will be asked to vote at alternative polling locations. Please see the listing of the closed polling locations listed below, along with the alternate polling locations in bold.

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Williamson County Polling Places Relocated Because of Flood
(Published: May 3, 2010)

Although severe flooding conditions forced a delay of the elections in Davidson County, the Williamson County Election Commission has decided to continue with the County Republican Primary, scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, 2010. Polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

However, some polling places have been moved due to flooding.

View Relocated Polling Places

Davidson County Delays County Primary Elections Until May 18 Due to Flooding
(Published: May 3, 2010)

Due to flooding from the heavy rains that struck the area over the weekend, the ­­Davidson County Election Commission asked Chancellor Russell Perkins to postpone Tuesday’s scheduled county primary election. Following an emergency hearing Monday afternoon, Chancellor Perkins granted that request. The election has been rescheduled for May 18.

“This was a very difficult decision for the election commission to make,” said Ray Barrett, Davidson County’s administrator of elections. “However, the flooding conditions would make it difficult – if not impossible – for many of our residents to participate in an election tomorrow. As a result, the commission felt that a delay was the proper course of action.”

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New Bill Would Fix Voter Registration Form Problems
(Published: April 29, 2010)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins announced that legislation passed by the state House and Senate today will hold county election officials accountable for accepting voter registration forms that are deficient on the face of the forms.

Legislators began working on the bill after Mark Ward, the new election administrator in Benton County, discovered 2,100 voter registration forms submitted during his predecessors' tenures that had major deficiencies.   In most cases, the forms had either not been signed or boxes denoting citizenship or whether the individuals had been convicted of a felony had not been checked.

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No Individual in Benton County has Been Purged Due to a Deficient Voter Registration Form
(Published: April 28, 2010)

No individual in Benton County has been purged due to a deficient voter registration form. If you have been told by anyone that you have been purged because of a deficient voter registration form, contact our office immediately at the following email address.

Because the voter registration deficiencies found in Benton County have created much debate, the Division of Elections wanted to make you aware of the unprecedented efforts election officials have taken to ensure integrity and fairness in the election process.

Examples of deficient voter registration applications 

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State Election Commission Meeting April 27, 2010
(Posted 04/12/2010)
2010 Candidate Nominating Petitions Filed With Election Offices
(Posted 04/1/2010)
State Election Commission Meeting March 10, 2010
(Posted 03/03/2010)

This meeting will be held telephonically.

March 16, 2010 MEETING CANCELLED rescheduled as telephonic meeting
(Posted 03/03/2010)
State Election Commission Meeting February 16, 2010
(Posted 01/27/2010)
House District No. 83 Special Election General Results
(Posted 01/12/2010)
State Election Commission Meeting January 19, 2010
(Posted 01/06/2010)
Senate District No. 31 and House District No. 83 Special Election Results
(Posted 12/01/2009)

Results will be posted and updated when received from the Shelby County Election Commission.

HAVA Advisory Committee Meeting December 17, 2009
(Posted 12/01/2009)
State Election Commission Telephonic Meeting December 7, 2009
(Posted 11/30/2009)
Hargett Working To Make Sure Graveyard Voting In Tennessee No Longer Exists
(Posted 11/20/2009)

Tennessee’s Division of Elections has identified at least 9,800 deceased voters who should be removed from voter registration rolls across the state. Tennessee drew unwanted national publicity in 2005 when it was discovered someone had illegally voted in a state Senate race by using names of the deceased. When Secretary of State Tre Hargett appointed Mark Goins as Coordinator of Elections earlier this year, they set a goal to remove deceased voters from the voter rolls.

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Court Rules in Favor of State
(Posted 11/5/2009)

Judge Perkins refuses to grant temporary injunction.

MEETING CANCELLED! State Election Commission Meeting November 17, 2009
(Posted 11/2/2009)
State Election Commission Hears Common Cause Request
(Posted 10/26/2009)

Shortly before the regularly scheduled State Election Commission meeting on October 20, 2009, Dick Williams of Common Cause distributed a letter to Coordinator Mark Goins questioning the wording of the minutes from July 21, 2009. Furthermore, Mr. Williams requested his letter be made part of the record.

Chairman Wallace requested the playing of the tape from the July 21, 2009 meeting.

The State Election Commission decided that the playing of the July 21, 2009 tape confirms the original minutes were correct. Motion was made, seconded, and unanimously approved to: 1) include Mr. Williams’ letter in the October minutes and, 2) for clarification, transcribe Mr. Williams’ words from the July 21, 2009 meeting tape to also include in the October minutes.

Senate District No. 31 Special Election Primary Results
(Posted 10/14/2009)
House District No. 62 Special Election Results
(Posted 10/14/2009)
Early Voter Turnout for House District 62 General Election
(Posted 10/10/2009)
Key Dates for House District No. 83 Special Election
(Posted 10/06/2009)
Review Committee Notice
(Posted 10/2/2009)
State Election Committee Meeting October 20, 2009
(Posted 9/28/2009)
Key Dates for Senate District No. 31 Special Election
(Posted 9/11/2009)
MEETING CANCELLED! State Election Commission Meeting September 15, 2009
(Posted 9/2/2009)
Election Results for House District No. 62 Special Election Primary
(Posted 8/27/2009)
Key Dates and Candidates for House District No. 62 Special Election
(Posted 8/25/2009)
State Election Commission Meeting August 18, 2009
(Posted 8/4/2009)
State Election Commission Meeting July 21, 2009
(Posted 7/2/2009)
State Election Commission Meeting July 2, 2009
(Posted 6/30/2009)
State Election Commission Meeting June 16, 2009
(Posted 5/28/2009)
Jimmy Wallace Elected Chair of Tennessee State Election Commission
(Posted 5/27/2009)

On May 19, 2009, Jimmy Wallace of Beech Bluff, Tennessee was elected to chair the Tennessee State Election Commission. The term of office will be from June 1, 2009 through May 31, 2010. Mr. Wallace has been a member of the State Election Commission since May 1995.

The State Election Commission is composed of five members. These individuals are elected for a term of four years. This is the only commission in Tennessee state government which is elected wholly by the General Assembly. Read More.

State Election Commission Meeting May 19, 2009
(Posted 5/6/2009)
Election Commissions Update
(Posted 4/24/2009)

Electionline Weekly recently asked a few questions about the changes in the make-up of the election commissions in Tennessee's 95 counties and the transistion that occurs with these changes. The following article, which appeared in Electionline Weekly, explains the Secretary of State's position:

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New Appointees from State Election Commission Meeting April 20, 2009
(Posted 4/21/2009)

2009 – 2011 County Election Commissioners

Persons appointed to the County Election Commission shall qualify within twenty (20) days after their April 20, 2009 appointment date by filing their Oath of Office with the State Election Commission.

New Appointments | Holdovers | Vacancies

Tom DuBois Elected by Joint Republican Caucus to Serve on
(Posted 4/7/2009)

Tom DuBois, a resident of Columbia, was recently elected by the Joint Republican Caucus in the state legislature to fill a vacancy on the State Election Commission. The vacancy was created when State Election Commissioner Mark Goins resigned to serve as the Coordinator of Elections for the State of Tennessee. Read more.

State Election Commission Meeting April 20, 2009
(Posted 4/7/2009)

State Election Commission will meet Monday April 20, 2009 at 2:00pm in the Robertson Room of the William Snodgrass - Tennessee Tower.

View meeting notice.

State Election Commission Meeting April 6, 2009 at 2:00pm
(Posted 3/25/2009)

2009 – 2011 County Election Commissioners

Persons appointed to the County Election Commission shall qualify within twenty (20) days after their April 6, 2009 appointment date by filing their Oath of Office with the State Election Commission.

New Appointments | Holdovers

View meeting notice.