Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Tennessee
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U.S. House requirements for Independents in 2014
- 1 Year-specific dates
- 2 Political parties
- 3 Process to establish a political party
- 4 Process to become a candidate
- 5 Petition requirements
- 6 Campaign finance
- 7 Election-related agencies
- 8 Term limits
- 9 Congressional partisanship
- 10 State legislative partisanship
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
This page contains information on specific filing dates for each election year, how to become a candidate, how to create a political party, campaign finance requirements, state agency contacts involved in the election process, and term limits in Tennessee. Information on running for election as a presidential candidate or for county and municipal offices is not included. This page reflects research completed in April 2014.
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- See also: Tennessee elections, 2014
Tennessee will have a primary for state and federal offices on August 7, 2014 and a general election for state and federal offices on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect candidates to serve in the following state and federal offices:
- Governor of Tennessee
- 9 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
- 17 seats in the Tennessee State Senate
- 99 seats in the Tennessee House of Representatives
The 2014 filing deadline for both partisan and independent candidates participating in the primary election and general election was April 3, 2014. The deadline to submit a petition with the required signatures to qualify as a political party in time for the 2014 election was April 3, 2014.
|Dates and requirements for candidates in 2014|
|Deadline||Event type||Event description|
|April 3, 2014||Ballot access|| Filing deadline for partisan candidates running in the primary election.|
Filing deadline for independent candidates running in the general election
Deadline to submit a petition to create a new political party
|April 10, 2014||Campaign finance||First quarter campaign finance report (ending March 31)|
|July 10, 2014||Campaign finance||Second quarter campaign finance report (ending June 30)|
|July 30, 2014||Campaign finance||Pre-primary report (ending July 28)|
|August 7, 2014||Election date||Primary election date|
|October 10, 2014||Campaign finance||Third quarter campaign finance report (ending September 30)|
|October 28, 2014||Campaign finance||Pre-general report due (ending October 27)|
|November 4, 2014||Election date||General election|
|January 25, 2014||Campaign finance||Fourth quarter campaign finance report (ending January 15)|
|Party||Website link||By-laws/Platform link|
|Republican Party||Official party website|
|Democratic Party||Official party website||Party by-laws|
In some states, a candidate may choose to have a label other than that of an officially recognized party appear alongside his or her name on the ballot. Such labels are called political party designations. A political party designation would be used when a candidate qualifies as an independent, but prefers to use a different label. Tennessee does not allow candidates to identify in this way. A total of 25 states allow candidates to use political party designations in non-presidential elections.
The 11 states listed below (and Washington, D.C.) do not provide a process for political organizations to gain qualified status in advance of an election. Instead, in these states, an aspirant party must first field candidates using party designations. If the candidate or candidates win the requisite votes, the organization may then be recognized as an official political party. In these states, a political party can be formed only if the candidate in the general election obtains a specific number of votes. The number of votes required and type of race vary from state to state. Details can be found on the state-specific requirements pages.
Process to establish a political party
The Tennessee Code makes the distinction between a "statewide political party" and a "recognized minor party." A recognized minor party means any group or association that has successfully petitioned by filing with the Tennessee Coordinator of Elections a petition that conforms to requirements established by the code. Those requirements include submitting a petition with signatures equaling 2.5 percent of the total number of votes cast for governor at the last gubernatorial election. A "statewide political party" means a political party which had at least one statewide candidate in the past 4 calendar years receive 5 percent of the total number of votes cast for a statewide office election, such as an election for governor or U.S. Senate. A statewide political party has automatic access to the ballot.
Minor party recognition
In order to become a recognized minor party, a petition must be submitted to the Tennessee Coordinator of Elections and must include the following:
- The signatures of registered voters equal to at least 2.5 percent of the total number of votes cast for gubernatorial candidates in the most recent election for governor.
- Each page of the petition must state its purpose, state its name, and contain the names of registered voters from a single county.
- Petitions are not issued more than 90 days before the qualifying deadline. The Coordinator of Elections has the power to determine the start date for the issuance of petitions.
- No political party may have nominees on a ballot or exercise any of the rights of political parties until its officers have filed on its behalf with the Secretary of State and with the Coordinator of Elections the following:
- An affidavit under oath that it does not advocate the overthrow of local, state or national government by force or violence and that it is not affiliated with any organization which does advocate such a policy; and
- A copy of the rules under which the party and its subdivisions operate. Copies of amendments or additions to the rules shall be filed with the Secretary of State and with the Coordinator of Elections within 30 days after they are adopted and shall be of no effect until 10 days after they are filed.
|Signature requirements to become a recognized minor party|
|Total number of votes cast for Governor in 2010||Number of signatures required to gain ballot access in 2014 (2.5 percent of total votes cast)|
- Once a non-recognized minor party submits the petition containing the required amount of signatures, the party will become an officially "recognized minor party." The 2.5 percent threshold for that petition applies to get the party on the ballot for the first time. To retain access to the ballot in subsequent election cycles, a statewide candidate for that party must achieve 5 percent of the total number of votes cast for that office, which would recognize that minor party as a "statewide political party."
|Requirements to become a statewide major party|
|Total number of votes cast for last statewide office (U.S. Senate in 2012)||Number of votes required to maintain ballot access (5 percent of total votes cast)|
On April 22, 2014, Governor Bill Haslam signed SB 1466 into law. The bill changed to the process by which aspirant political parties can access the ballot at the county level, lowering the petition signature requirement from five to 2.5 percent of the total vote cast for governor at the last election and lowering the vote test for maintaining qualified status from 20 to 5 percent of the vote cast for governor.
Also, the bill included a provision for aspirant parties to qualify for ballot placement in special elections (such a provision did not exist prior to the enactment of SB 1466). Parties must submit petitions containing signatures equal to 2.5 percent of the vote cast for governor within the electoral division at the most recent election for that office. Richard Winger of Ballot Access News noted that the requirement "is wildly impractical, because generally in special elections, the time to collect signatures is short. A special U.S. House election would require the collection of approximately 4,500 valid signatures."
Nomination of candidates
- The Tennessee Code stipulates that both recognized minor parties and statewide political parties must nominate their candidates for Governor, the General Assembly, U.S. Senate and U.S. House by primary election.
- To be recognized as a minor party for purposes of nominating candidates at the primary election, the petition containing the required signatures, with the requirements stated above, must be filed no later than noon on the first Thursday of April in the office of the Coordinator of Elections. The petition shall be accompanied by the name and address of the person or the names and addresses of the members of the group or association filing the petition to form the recognized minor political party.
- Candidates seeking to represent the minor party in a primary election must also file nominating petitions as any other candidate for the desired office no later than noon on the first Thursday of April.
- Within 30 days after receipt of such petition, the Coordinator of Elections shall determine the sufficiency of the petition, and if the petition is found sufficient, the minor party shall be recognized with all rights and obligations of a "recognized minor party."
In February 2012, a U.S. District Court struck down Tennessee's 2011 ballot access law for minor parties, a case brought by the Green Party of Tennessee and the Constitution Party of Tennessee. The decision struck down the early April petition deadline as well as the over-40,000 signature requirement for minor parties seeking officially recognized status. Judge William Haynes concluded that the state's signature requirement (2.5 percent of the total votes cast in the previous election for governor) for minor parties and the early deadline for the submission of a petition to create a new political party was a violation of the First Amendment. The court also declared unconstitutional the requirement for minor parties to hold a primary, in light of Tennessee's status as an open primary state with no party registration. The decision placed candidates for the Constitution Party and the Green Party on the ballot in 2012, given both parties' prior attempts to collect and submit the several thousand signatures necessary to achieve ballot access. The state of Tennessee appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 2012. In November 2012, the circuit court returned the case back to the same U.S. District Court judge, which ruled again in favor for the minor parties. The state of Tennessee again appealed the decision in the Sixth Circuit, which had yet to issue a ruling as of February 2014. While the Constitution Party and the Green Party gained ballot access for the 2012 elections in Tennessee after the District Court decision, neither of the party's candidates for the U.S. Senate achieved the necessary 5% of the total votes cast for that office in order to retain their access to the ballot.
In October 2013, the same District Court judge ruled in favor of Jim Tomasik, the Libertarian Party candidate in a special election for Tennessee House of Representatives District 91. Prior to the ruling, the Tennessee Coordinator of Elections refused to identify Libertarian candidates or other minor party labels on the ballot due to Tennessee's ballot access laws. The judge ruled against the state of Tennessee consistent with his earlier ruling, which struck down Tennessee's stringent minor party access requirements as unconstitutional. The judge ordered Tennessee election officials to put Tomasik on the ballot as a Libertarian rather than an independent candidate.
Process to become a candidate
State legislative candidates
Candidates running for the Tennessee legislature, both partisan and independent, will follow the same ballot access requirements.
- Candidates must obtain a nominating petition from a county election commission office or the office of the Coordinator of Elections.
- The nominating petition must be signed by at least 25 voters who are registered in the candidate's State House or State Senate district, and the candidate.
- The signer of a petition must include the address of the signer's residence as shown on the signer's voter registration card in order for that person's signature to be counted.
- Primary and independent candidates must file their original nominating petition in the office of the county election commission by the first Thursday of April in the county of their residence and a certified duplicate in the county election commission office in each county wholly or partially within the candidate's State House or State Senate district. This requirement applies to both primary candidates running in the primary and independent candidates running in the general election.
- There are no filing fees.
Federal and statewide office
- Partisan and independent candidates for Governor, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate may obtain a nominating petition from a county election commission office or the office of the Coordinator of Elections.
- The nominating petition must be signed by at least 25 voters who are registered anywhere in Tennessee.
- The signer of a petition must include the address of the signer's residence as shown on the signer's voter registration card in order for that person's signature to be counted.
- Both primary and independent candidates for Governor, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate must file their nominating petitions no later than noon on the first Thursday of April.
- Primary and independent candidates must file their original nominating petition in the office of the State Election Commission and a certified duplicate in the office of the Coordinator of Elections. Both of these must be received by the qualifying deadline.
- There are no filing fees.
For write-in candidates
- In order for write-in ballots to be counted, a Certificate of Write-In Candidacy must be filed no later than noon on the 50th day before the general election in each county that makes up the district of the listed office.
- Write-in candidates must request their ballot be counted in each county of the district. Only those votes in the counties where such notice was completed and timely filed will be counted.
- No signatures are required other than the signature of the write-in candidate.
- For the offices of Governor, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives, this form must be filed with the Tennessee Coordinator of Elections.
See statutes: Chapter 2-5 of the Tennessee Code
In some cases, political parties and/or candidates may need to obtain signatures via the petition process to gain access to the ballot. This section outlines the laws and regulations pertaining to petitions and circulators in Tennessee.
Nominating petitions shall not be issued by any administrator, deputy, county election commissioner or employee of the coordinator's office more than 90 days before the qualifying deadline for the office for which the petition is issued. In any year where reapportionment must occur, the coordinator of elections shall determine the earliest date on which petitions may be issued.
The relevant statutes do not address circulator requirements.
See statutes: Chapter 2-10 of the Tennessee Code
- Every candidate must certify the name and address of his or her treasurer to the Registry of Election Finance before the candidate may receive a contribution or make an expenditure in an election. A candidate may serve as that candidate's own political treasurer.
- Any subsequent financial statements and reports filed must be co-signed by the candidate, if such candidate appoints a political treasurer other than the candidate.
- All candidates must submit financial statements of all contributions and expenditures with the Registry of Election Finance throughout the election cycle. These statements must include the dates for each contribution and expenditure.
- Separate campaign financial reporting is required for both primary elections and general elections.
- Candidates are exempt from filing a detailed disclosure statement if neither contributions received nor expenditures made during a reporting period for which a statement is submitted exceed $1,000. The candidate must still report the balance of contributions on hand, outstanding loans and outstanding obligations.
- In addition to the filing of regular campaign finance statements, beginning with the tenth day prior to a primary, general, runoff or special election up to the date of the election, each candidate must file a report with the registry of election finance of the following:
- The full name and address of each person from whom the candidate or committee has received and accepted a contribution, loan or transfer of funds during such period and the date of the receipt of each contribution in excess of $5,000 for a state legislative or statewide office.
Below are the kinds of contributions and expenditures that must be reported on each campaign finance statement:
- Contributions: Candidates are required to list the full name, complete address, amount, date of receipt of contribution, and the election for which the contribution was made for each person or organization who contributes a total of more than $100 during a reporting period. $100 contributions or less may be totaled and reported as a single item.
- Expenditures: Expenditures totaling $100 or less are not required to be itemized. For expenditures more than $100 during a reporting period, the full name, complete address, amount, and detailed purpose for each person or organization to whom a total of more than $100 was paid.
- Loans: Itemized information must be provided for all loans for more than $100 from one creditor during a reporting period. The full name and address of each creditor, and the date that the loan was made, must also be provided.
|Deadline||Report||Report end date|
|April 10, 2014||First quarter||March 31, 2014|
|July 10, 2014||Second quarter||June 30, 2014|
|July 30, 2014 (7 days before primary election)||Pre-primary report||July 28, 2014|
|October 10, 2014||Third quarter||September 30, 2014|
|October 28, 2014 (7 days before the general election)||Pre-general report||October 27, 2014|
|January 25, 2015||Fourth quarter||January 15, 2015|
There are limits on how much a person may contribute to a candidate's campaign, per election, and how much a candidate may accept for an election. Those dollar limitations are based on the office sought by the candidate. Those limits are as follows:
|Office sought||Contribution limit from persons||Contribution limit from PACs||Total contribution limits from PACs||Total contribution limits from political party PACs|
|Governor||$3,800||$11,200||50% of total contributions||$374,300|
|State House and local office||$1,500||$7,400||$112,300||$30,000|
- See also: State election agencies
Candidates running for office will require some form of interaction with the following agencies:
- Tennessee Secretary of State-Division of Elections
- Why: To obtain and file candidacy forms and qualifying petitions
- 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
- 9th Floor, William Snodgrass Tower
- Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0309
- Phone: 615.741.7956
- Toll-Free: 1.877.850.4959
- Website: http://www.state.tn.us/sos/election/index.htm
- E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
- Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance
- Why: To register candidate's campaign; To obtain and file campaign finance reports
- 404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 104
- Nashville, Tennessee 37243
- Phone: (615)741-7959
- Website: http://www.state.tn.us/tref/
- 404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 104
- See also: Counties in Tennessee
Candidates must obtain petitions from a county election commission office or the office of the Coordinator of Elections. Candidates must also file their original nominating petition in the office of the county election commission in the county of their residence. Individual county contact information can be found below. In the table below, if a website is not provided it is because one does not exist for this municipality. To provide a link or information for the table below, please email us.
|Tennessee County Contact Information|
|County||Phone||Secondary Phone||Fax||Website||Physical Address||Mailing Address|
|Anderson Countyemail@example.com||865.457.6238||865-457-5624||Link||100 North Main Street Anderson Co Courthouse Room 207 Clinton, TN 37716|
|Bedford Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.684.0531||931.685.0975||Link||One Public Square Courthouse Suite 20 Shelbyville 37160|
|Benton Countyemail@example.com||731.584.6144||731.584.5956||113 Maple Avenue Suite 1 Camden 38320|
|Bledsoe Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.447.2776||423-447-2776||3150 Main Street Bledsoe Co Courthouse Suite 700 Pikeville, TN 37367||PO Box 253 Pikeville, TN 37367|
|Blount Countyemail@example.com||865.273.5920||865.273.5927||Link||383 Court Street Maryville, TN 37804|
|Bradley Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.728.7115||423.728.7116||Link||155 Broad Street N.W. Courthouse Annex Suite 102 Cleveland 37311|
|Campbell Countyemail@example.com||423.562.9777||423.562.9758||Link||129 Church Alley Jacksboro, TN 37757||PO Box 84 Jacksboro, TN 37757|
|Cannon Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||615.563.5650||615.563.2415||Link||301 West Main Street Adams Office Bldg Room 244 Woodbury 37190|
|Carroll Countyemail@example.com||731.986.1968||731.986.1913||625 High Street Carroll Co Office Complex Suite 113 Huntingdon 38344|
|Carter Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.542.1822||423.547.1534||Link||801 Elk Avenue Main Courthouse Room 207 Elizabethton 37643|
|Cheatham Countyemail@example.com||615.792.5770||615.792.2014||Link||188 County Services Drive Suite 100 Ashland City 37015|
|Chester Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.989.4039||-||731.989.5023||Link||133 East Main Chester Co Courthouse 1st Floor Henderson, TN 38340||PO Box 127 Henderson, TN 38340|
|Claiborne email@example.com||423.626.5128||423.626.6770||1802 Main Street Tazewell, TN 37879||PO Box 343 Tazewell, TN 37879|
|Clay Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.243.2536||931.243.2543||145 Cordell Hull Drive Celina, TN 38551||PO Box 721 Celina, TN 38551|
|Cocke Countyemail@example.com||423.623.2042||423.625.8416||360 East Main Street Courthouse Annex Room 130 Newport 37821|
|Coffee Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.723.5103||931.723.8279||Link||1329 McArthur Street Coffee Co Admin. Plaza Suite 6 Manchester, TN 37355|
|Crockett Countyemail@example.com||731.696.5465||731.696.4977||Link||235 East Church Street Alamo, TN 38001|
|Cumberland Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.484.4919||931.456.9409||Link||2 South Main Street Milo Lemert Bldg Suite 105 Crossville, TN 38555|
|Davidson Countyemail@example.com||615.862.8800||615.862.8810||Link||1417 Murfreesboro Pike Metro Southeast Nashville, TN 37217||PO Box 650 Nashville, TN 37202|
|Decatur County||Decatur.Commission@tn.gov||731.852.2911||731.852.2059||125 Election Lane Decaturville 38329||PO Box 298 Decaturville 38329|
|Dekalb Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||615.597.4146||615.597.7799||Link||1 Public Square Dekalb Co Courthouse Room 104 Smithville, TN 37166||PO Box 543 Smithville, TN 37166|
|Dickson Countyemail@example.com||615.789.6021||615.789.3333||Link||5 Court Square Charlotte, TN 37036||PO Box 522 Charlotte, TN 37036|
|Dyer Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.286.4268||731.286.3581||Link||103 West Market Dyersburg, TN 38024||PO Box 1109 Dyersburg, TN 38025|
|Fayette County||FayetteCo@bellsouth.net||901.465.5223||901.465.5238||Link||45 Dogwood Lane Somerville, TN 38068||PO Box 339 Somerville, TN 38068|
|Fentress Countyemail@example.com||931-879-7162||931.879.2579||111 North Norris Street Jamestown, TN 38556||PO Box 1027 Jamestown, TN 38556|
|Franklin County||Margaret.Ottley@franklincotn.us||931.967.1893||931.967.5317||Link||839 Dinah Shore Blvd Suite 1 Winchester, TN 37398|
|Gibson Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.855.7669||731.855.7606||Link||One Court Square, Suite 101 Trenton, TN 38382|
|Giles Countyemail@example.com||931.363.2424||931.424.1436||222 West Madison St Pulaski, TN 38478||PO Box 678 Pulaski, TN 38478|
|Grainger Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||865.828.5132||865.828.6161||Link||119 Marshall Ave Rutledge, TN 37861||PO Box 28 Rutledge, TN 37861|
|Greene County||ElectionCommission@greenecountytngov.com||423.798.1715||423.798.1719||Link||218 North Main Street Suite 1, Greenville, TN 37745|
|Grundy Countyemail@example.com||931.692.3551||931.692.3573||68 Cumberland Street Grundy Co Courthouse Suite 122 Altamont, TN 37301||PO Box 181 Altamont, TN 37301|
|Hamblen Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.586.7169||423.586.7169||Link||511 West Second North St. Courthouse Room 101 Morristown, TN 37814|
|Hamilton Countyemail@example.com||423.493.5100||423-493-5101||Link||700 River Terminal Road Chattanooga, TN 37406|
|Hancock Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.733.4549||423-733-4596||1237 Main Street Courthouse 1st Floor Sneedville, TN 37869||PO Box 423 Sneedville, TN 37869|
|Hardeman Countyemail@example.com||731.658.4751||731.659.2363||Link||106 South Porter Street Bolivar, TN 38008||PO Box 12 Bolivar, TN 38008|
|Hardin Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.925.3375||731.925.9734||465 Main Street Savannah, TN 38372|
|Hawkins Countyemail@example.com||423.272.8061||423.921.9459||Link||110 East Main Street Suite 301 Rogersville, TN 37857|
|Haywood Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.772.1760||731.772.3864||One North Washington Ave Brownsville, TN 38012|
|Henderson Countyemail@example.com||731.968.6832||731.968.0937||Link||12 Natchez Trace Dr. Lexington, TN 38351|
|Henry Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.642.0411||731.644.7302||Link||213 West Washington Paris, TN 38242||PO Box 967 Paris, TN 38242|
|Hickman Countyemail@example.com||931.729.4560||931.729.0375||114 North Central Ave Suite 201 Centerville, TN 37033|
|Houston Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.289.3047||931-289-5010||4725 East Main Street Erin, TN 37061||PO Box 346 Erin, TN 37061|
|Humphreys Countyemail@example.com||931.296.6504||931.296.6509||Link||208 West Wyly Street Waverly, TN 37185|
|Jackson Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.268.9284||931.268.2414||101 East Hull Avenue Gainesboro, TN 38562||PO Box 13 Gainesboro, TN 38562|
|Jefferson Countyemail@example.com||865.397.3440||865.397.5062||931 Industrial Park Road Dandridge, TN 37725||PO Box 177, Dandridge, TN 37725|
|Johnson Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.727.8592||423.727.9168||158 Election Ave. Mountain City, TN 37683||PO Box 106 Mountain City, TN 37683|
|Knox Countyemail@example.com||865.215.2480||865.215.4239||300 Main Street Knox Co Courthouse Room 218 Knoxville, TN 37902|
|Lake Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.253.7521||731.253.3481||217 S Court Street Tiptonville, TN 38079|
|Lauderdale Countyemail@example.com||731.635.2881||731.221.0874||217 N Main Street Ripley, TN 38063||PO Box 532 Ripley, TN 38063|
|Lawrence Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.762.7836||931.762.7839||219 Centennial Blvd Lawrenceburg, TN 38464|
|Lewis Countyemail@example.com||931.796.3662||931-230-8080||110 North Park Avenue Courthouse Room 103 Hohenwald. TN 38462|
|Lincoln Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.433.6220||931.433.9308||208 Davidson Street East Room 106 Fayetteville, TN 37334|
|Loudon Countyemail@example.com||865.458.2560||865.458.4825||100 River Road County Office Bldg Room 108 Loudon, TN 37774-1042||P O BOX 193 Loudon, TN 37774|
|Macon Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||615.666.2199||615.666.7469||Link||111 East Locust Street Lafayette, TN 37083-1219|
|Madison Countyemail@example.com||731.660.1796||731.660.1824||Link||311 North Parkway Jackson, TN 38305|
|Marion Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.942.2108||423.942.1082||109 Academy Avenue Jasper, TN 37347|
|Marshall Countyemail@example.com||931.359.4894||931.359.0554||Link||230 College Street Hardison Office Annex Suite 120 Lewisburg, TN 37091||P O BOX 1105 Lewisburg, TN 37091|
|Maury Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.375.6001||931.375.6019||Link||1207A Tradewinds Drive Columbia, TN 38401|
|McMinn Countyemail@example.com||423.745.0843||423.744.1646||Link||5 South Hill Street Suite B Athens, TN 37303|
|McNairy Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.645.6432||731.645.9124||170 W Court Avenue McNairy Co Courthouse Room B-3 Selmer, TN 38375||PO Box 764 Selmer, TN 38375|
|Meigs Countyemail@example.com||423.334.5866||423-334-7203||Link||17214 Hwy 58 N Meigs Co Courthouse 1st Floor Decatur, TN 37322||PO Box 1266 Decatur, TN 37322|
|Monroe Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.442.2461||423.442.9432||Link||401 Main Street Election Commission Madisonville, TN 37354||PO Box 397 Madisonville, TN 37354|
|Montgomery Countyemail@example.com||931.648.5707||931.553.5155||Link||350 Pageant Lane Montgomery Veterans Plaza Suite 404 Clarksville, TN 37040||PO Box 422 Clarksville, TN 37041|
|Moore Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.759.4532||931.759.6394||241 Main Street Education Building Suite 201 Lynchburg, TN 37352||PO Box 8056 Lynchburg, TN 37352|
|Morgan Countyemail@example.com||423.346.3190||423.346.4350||Link||413 North Kingston Street Courthouse Room 105 Wartburg, TN 37887||PO Box 266 Warburg, TN 37887|
|Obion County||lschlager@ObionCountyElection.com||731.885.1901||731.885.6280||Link||308 Bill Burnett Circle Union City, TN 38261||PO Box 52 Union City, TN 38281|
|Overton Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931-823-5985||931.823.5884||317 East University Street Courthouse Annex Room 45 Livingston, TN 38570||PO Box 384 Livingston, TN 38570|
|Perry Countyemail@example.com||931.589.2025||931.589.5819||124 East Main Street Linden, TN 37096||PO Box 77 Linden, TN 37096|
|Pickett Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.864.3583||931.864.6362||Link||105 South Main Street Community Center Room 2 Byrdstown, TN 38549|
|Polk Countyemail@example.com||423.338.4531||423.338.4549||6050 Highway 411 Benton, TN 37307||PO Box 157 Benton, TN 37307|
|Putnam Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.526.2566||931.526.8724||Link||705 County Services Drive Cookeville, TN 38501|
|Rhea Countyemail@example.com||423.775.7816||423.775.7880||125 Court Street Suite 1 Dayton, TN 37321||PO Box 181 Dayton, TN 37321|
|Roane Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||865.376.3184||865.376.2017||Link||200 E. Race Street Roane Co Courthouse 1st Flr Suite 8 Kingston, TN 37763||PO Box 157 Kingston, TN 37763|
|Robertson Countyemail@example.com||615.384.5592||615.382.3122||513 South Brown Street Robertson Co Office Bldg Room 137 Springfield, TN 37172|
|Rutherford Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||615.898.7743||615.898.7938||Link||1 South Public Square Rutherford County Bldg Suite 103 Murfreesboro, TN 37130|
|Scott Countyemail@example.com||423.663.2430||423.663.3127||Link||2845 Baker Highway Scott Co Office Bldg Huntsville, TN 37756||PO Box 586 Huntsville, TN 37756|
|Sequatchie Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.949.2431||423.949.8396||68 Spring Street Dunlap, TN 37327|
|Sevier Countyemail@example.com||865.453.6985||865.429.0376||Link||1145 Dolly Parton Parkway Sevierville, TN 37862||PO Box 4690 Sevierville, TN 37864|
|Shelby Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||901-222-1200||901-222-1217||Link||150 Washington Ave Shelby Co Office Bldg Suite 205 Memphis, TN 38103|
|Smith Countyemail@example.com||615.735.8241||615.735.8253||Link||122 Turner High Circle Turner Annex Building Suite 105 Carthage, TN 37030|
|Stewart County||Stewart.Commission@tn.gov||931.232.5100||931.232.4017||Link||110 Natcor Drive Old Dover Elem School Dover, TN 37058||PO Box 217 Dover, TN 37058|
|Sullivan Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.323.6444||423.323.6443||Link||3258 Highway 126 Suite 103 Blountville, TN 37617|
|Sumner Countyemail@example.com||615.452.1456||615.230.6147||Link||355 North Belvedere Drive Sumner Co Admin Bldg Room 106 Gallatin, TN 37066|
|Tipton Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||901.476.0223||901.476.0233||Link||113 East Church Street Tipton Co Office Annex Covington, TN 38019||PO Box 456 Covington, TN 38019|
|Trousdale Countyemail@example.com||615.374.2712||615.374.2142||214 Broadway Hartsville, TN 37074|
|Unicoi Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.743.6521||423.735.7327||Link||106 Nolichucky Avenue Erwin, TN 37650||PO Box 76 Erwin, TN 37650|
|Union Countyemail@example.com||865.992.3471||865.992.7360||Link||901 Main Street Union Co Courthouse Room 108 Maynardville, TN 37807||PO Box 39 Maynardville, TN 37807|
|Van Buren Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.946.2728||931.946.2876||500 College Street Van Buren Adm Building Spencer, TN 38585||PO Box 254 Spencer, TN 38585|
|Warren Countyemail@example.com||931.473.5834||931.473.3984||Link||201 Locust Street Suite 3 McMinnville, TN 37110|
|Washington Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.753.1688||423.753.1812||Link||100 East Main Street Courthouse Jonesborough, TN 37659|
|Wayne Countyemail@example.com||931.722.3517||931.722.2388||100 Court Circle Courthouse Room 201 Waynesboro, TN 38485||PO Box 706 Waynesboro, TN 38485|
|Weakley Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.364.5564||731.364.3229||Link||135 South Poplar Street Suite A Dresden, TN 38225|
|White Countyemail@example.com||931.836.3671||931.837.3672||1 Bockman Way Courthouse Room 215 Sparta, TN 38583|
|Williamson Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||615.790.5711||615.790.5617||Link||1320 West Main Street Administrative Complex Suite 140 Franklin, TN 37064|
|Wilson Countyemail@example.com||615.444.0216||615.443.2669||Link||203 East Main Street Lebanon, TN 37087||PO Box 97 Lebanon, TN 37088|
- The Governor must wait four years and/or one full term before being eligible again after serving two consecutive terms.
- The Attorney General is appointed by the State Supreme Court for a term of 8 years.
There are no term-limited state executive officials in 2014.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
There are no term limits placed on Tennessee state legislators.
Here is the current partisan breakdown of the congressional members from Tennessee:
|Congressional Partisan Breakdown from Tennessee|
|Party||U.S. Senate||U.S. House||Total|
|TOTALS as of July 2014||2||9||11|
State legislative partisanship
Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Tennessee:
|Party||As of July 2014|
|Party||As of July 2014|
|Carter County Republican||1|
- Tennessee elections, 2014
- Campaign finance requirements for Tennessee ballot measures
- Tennessee signature requirements
- State election agencies
- Counties in Tennessee
- State executives with term limits
- States with gubernatorial term limits
- State legislatures with term limits
- List of United States Representatives from Tennessee
- List of United States Senators from Tennessee
- Official Website of the Tennessee Secretary of State - Elections Division
- Official Website of the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance
- Official Website of the Federal Election Commission
- FEC 2014 Primary Election Dates and Candidate Filing Deadlines
- Tennessee Election Laws
- Election Calendar
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- Ballot Access News, "Tennessee Legislature Passes Very Modest Ballot Access Improvement Bill," April 11, 2014
- The Tennessean, "TN lawmakers refuse to put more parties on ballot," April 4, 2014
- Ballot Access News, "Tennessee Ballot Access Bill Fails in Senate Committee on a Tie Vote," April 1, 2014
- Ballot Access News, "Tennessee Legislative Committees Postpone Hearing on Ballot Access Bills," March 26, 2014
- Ballot Access News, "U.S. District Court in Tennessee Puts Green Party and Constitution Party on 2014 Ballot," March 17, 2014
- Ballot Access News, "Tennessee Newspaper Story About Last Week’s Ballot Access Decision," March 18, 2014
- Ballot Access News, "Tennessee ballot access bill advances,"March 14, 2014
- Ballot Access News, "Tennessee Bills Introduced to Eliminate Need for Minor Parties to Submit Massive Petitions," February 5, 2014
- Ballot Access News, "Tennessee Ballot Access Improvement Bill Receives Hearing in State Senate Committee," February 20, 2014
- Ballot Access News -- News updates and analysis of ballot access issues
- ThirdPartyPolitics.us - a blog about American third party and independent politics
- RangeVoting.org - a listing of notably restrictive ballot access requirements
- Center for Competitive Politics, "Election Law Handbook" Winter 2013
- National Voter Outreach - a political consulting firm that specializes in organizing petition signature drives
- Tennessee Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Dates," accessed November 4, 2013
- Ballotpedia phone correspondence with Tennessee Secretary of State Office, October 9, 2013
- Ballotpedia phone call with Tennessee Secretary of State's Office, September 9, 2013
- Tennessee Code, "Title 2: Section 5-203," accessed December 5, 2013
- E-mail consultation with ballot access expert Richard Winger in January 2014.
- Tennessee Code, "Chapter 2-1-104," accessed February 20, 2014
- Tennessee Code, "Chapter 2-5-102," accessed February 27, 2014
- Tennessee Code, "Chapter 2-1-114," accessed February 22, 2014
- Based on research conducted by Ballotpedia staff in October 2013. This included phone calls to the 50 states and analysis of the state political party websites.
- Ballot Access News, "Tennessee Governor Signs Bill Making Minor Ballot Access Improvements," April 24, 2014
- Tennessee Code, "Chapter 2-13-202," accessed February 26, 2014
- Tennessee Code, "Chapter 2-13-107," accessed November 29, 2013
- Ballot Access News, "Tennessee Ballot Access Law for New and Minor Parties Struck Down," February 3, 2012
- Ballot Access News, "Green Party of Tennessee and Constitution Party of Tennessee v. Hargett (2012)," February 3, 2012
- Green Party of Tennessee, "Ballot Access Suit and New Legislation," October 20, 2013
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, "Green Party of Tennessee and Constitution Party of Tennessee v. Hargett (2012)," November 30, 2012
- Tennessee Code, "Chapter 2-1-104," accessed February 20, 2014
- Libertarian Party, "Libertarians win historic court case putting partisan LP Tennessee candidates on ballot," November 13, 2013
- Tennessee Department of Elections, "Qualifying Procedures for Candidates for Tennessee House of Representatives," accessed October 31, 2013
- Tennessee Code, "Chapter 2-5-101," accessed February 22, 2014
- Tennessee Department of Elections, "Qualifying Procedures for Candidates for Governor," accessed November 26, 2013
- Tennessee Code, "Chapter 2-5-103," accessed February 24, 2014
- Tennessee Secretary of State, "Tennessee Candidates for United States Senate," accessed February 25, 2014
- Tennessee Department of Elections, "Write-In Candidacy," accessed October 31, 2013
- Tennessee Code, "Chapter 2-7-133," accessed February 24, 2014
- Tennessee Code, "Chapter 2-5-102," accessed February 26, 2014
- Tennessee Code, "Chapter 2-10-105," accessed February 26, 2014
- Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, "Campaign Finance Guide for Candidates," accessed November 26, 2013
- Tennessee Code, "Chapter 2-10-107," accessed February 26, 2014
- Tennessee Code, "Chapter 2-10-301," accessed February 26, 2014
- Tennessee Secretary of State "Tennessee Constitution," accessed November 4, 2013