Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Tennessee
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- 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 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 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.
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- See also: Tennessee elections, 2015
There are no regularly scheduled state executive, state legislative or congressional elections in Tennessee in 2015.
To view historical dates for 2014, click [show] to expand the section.
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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 that had at least one statewide candidate in the past four 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 signatures 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 the following with the secretary of state and with the coordinator of elections:
- 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 that 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 5 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 in 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 Bill of Rights, United States Constitution#AmendmentIFirst 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, heard oral arguments on August 7, 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 percent 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
A candidate running for the state legislature, whether partisan or independent, must follow the same ballot access requirements, which are detailed below.
- The candidate 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 the candidate and at least 25 voters who are registered in the candidate's district.
- The signer of a petition must include the address shown on his or her voter registration card in order for his or her signature to be counted.
- The candidate must file the original nominating petition in the office of the county election commission by the first Thursday of April in his or her county of residence. The candidate must also filea certified duplicate in the county election commission office in each county wholly or partially within the candidate's 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
A partisan or independent candidate for governor, U.S. House or U.S. Senate 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 anywhere in Tennessee.
- The signer of a petition must include the address shown on his or her voter registration card in order for the signature to be counted.
- The candidate must file the nominating petitions no later than noon on the first Thursday of April.
- The candidate must file the original nominating petition in the office of the State Election Commission. The candidate must also file 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 to have his or her votes tallied, a write-in candidate must file Certificate of Write-In Candidacy no later than noon on the 50th day before the general election in each county that makes up the district of the listed office. 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
Each 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.
Each candidate 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.
A candidate is 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 10th 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 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: A candidate is 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 greater 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.
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 and are detailed in the table below.
|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: This agency provides and processes 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
- Email: email@example.com
- 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
- Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance
- Why: This agency processes 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
A candidate must obtain petitions from a county election commission office or the office of the coordinator of elections. The candidate must also file original nominating petitions in the office of the election commission of his or her home county. Individual county contact information can be found below. 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 Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||865.457.6238||865-457-5624||Link||100 North Main Street Anderson Co Courthouse Room 207 Clinton, TN 37716|
|Bedford Countyemail@example.com||931.684.0531||931.685.0975||Link||One Public Square Courthouse Suite 20 Shelbyville 37160|
|Benton Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.584.6144||731.584.5956||113 Maple Avenue Suite 1 Camden 38320|
|Bledsoe Countyemail@example.com||423.447.2776||423-447-2776||3150 Main Street Bledsoe Co Courthouse Suite 700 Pikeville, TN 37367||PO Box 253 Pikeville, TN 37367|
|Blount Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||865.273.5920||865.273.5927||Link||383 Court Street Maryville, TN 37804|
|Bradley Countyemail@example.com||423.728.7115||423.728.7116||Link||155 Broad Street N.W. Courthouse Annex Suite 102 Cleveland 37311|
|Campbell Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.562.9777||423.562.9758||Link||129 Church Alley Jacksboro, TN 37757||PO Box 84 Jacksboro, TN 37757|
|Cannon Countyemail@example.com||615.563.5650||615.563.2415||Link||301 West Main Street Adams Office Bldg Room 244 Woodbury 37190|
|Carroll Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.986.1968||731.986.1913||625 High Street Carroll Co Office Complex Suite 113 Huntingdon 38344|
|Carter Countyemail@example.com||423.542.1822||423.547.1534||Link||801 Elk Avenue Main Courthouse Room 207 Elizabethton 37643|
|Cheatham Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||615.792.5770||615.792.2014||Link||188 County Services Drive Suite 100 Ashland City 37015|
|Chester Countyemail@example.com||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 firstname.lastname@example.org||423.626.5128||423.626.6770||1802 Main Street Tazewell, TN 37879||PO Box 343 Tazewell, TN 37879|
|Clay Countyemail@example.com||931.243.2536||931.243.2543||145 Cordell Hull Drive Celina, TN 38551||PO Box 721 Celina, TN 38551|
|Cocke Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.623.2042||423.625.8416||360 East Main Street Courthouse Annex Room 130 Newport 37821|
|Coffee Countyemail@example.com||931.723.5103||931.723.8279||Link||1329 McArthur Street Coffee Co Admin. Plaza Suite 6 Manchester, TN 37355|
|Crockett Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.696.5465||731.696.4977||Link||235 East Church Street Alamo, TN 38001|
|Cumberland Countyemail@example.com||931.484.4919||931.456.9409||Link||2 South Main Street Milo Lemert Bldg Suite 105 Crossville, TN 38555|
|Davidson Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||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 Countyemail@example.com||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 Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||615.789.6021||615.789.3333||Link||5 Court Square Charlotte, TN 37036||PO Box 522 Charlotte, TN 37036|
|Dyer Countyemail@example.com||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 Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||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 Countyemail@example.com||731.855.7669||731.855.7606||Link||One Court Square, Suite 101 Trenton, TN 38382|
|Giles Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.363.2424||931.424.1436||222 West Madison St Pulaski, TN 38478||PO Box 678 Pulaski, TN 38478|
|Grainger Countyemail@example.com||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 Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.692.3551||931.692.3573||68 Cumberland Street Grundy Co Courthouse Suite 122 Altamont, TN 37301||PO Box 181 Altamont, TN 37301|
|Hamblen Countyemail@example.com||423.586.7169||423.586.7169||Link||511 West Second North St. Courthouse Room 101 Morristown, TN 37814|
|Hamilton Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.493.5100||423-493-5101||Link||700 River Terminal Road Chattanooga, TN 37406|
|Hancock Countyemail@example.com||423.733.4549||423-733-4596||1237 Main Street Courthouse 1st Floor Sneedville, TN 37869||PO Box 423 Sneedville, TN 37869|
|Hardeman Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.658.4751||731.659.2363||Link||106 South Porter Street Bolivar, TN 38008||PO Box 12 Bolivar, TN 38008|
|Hardin Countyemail@example.com||731.925.3375||731.925.9734||465 Main Street Savannah, TN 38372|
|Hawkins Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.272.8061||423.921.9459||Link||110 East Main Street Suite 301 Rogersville, TN 37857|
|Haywood Countyemail@example.com||731.772.1760||731.772.3864||One North Washington Ave Brownsville, TN 38012|
|Henderson Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.968.6832||731.968.0937||Link||12 Natchez Trace Dr. Lexington, TN 38351|
|Henry Countyemail@example.com||731.642.0411||731.644.7302||Link||213 West Washington Paris, TN 38242||PO Box 967 Paris, TN 38242|
|Hickman Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.729.4560||931.729.0375||114 North Central Ave Suite 201 Centerville, TN 37033|
|Houston Countyemail@example.com||931.289.3047||931-289-5010||4725 East Main Street Erin, TN 37061||PO Box 346 Erin, TN 37061|
|Humphreys Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.296.6504||931.296.6509||Link||208 West Wyly Street Waverly, TN 37185|
|Jackson Countyemail@example.com||931.268.9284||931.268.2414||101 East Hull Avenue Gainesboro, TN 38562||PO Box 13 Gainesboro, TN 38562|
|Jefferson Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||865.397.3440||865.397.5062||931 Industrial Park Road Dandridge, TN 37725||PO Box 177, Dandridge, TN 37725|
|Johnson Countyemail@example.com||423.727.8592||423.727.9168||158 Election Ave. Mountain City, TN 37683||PO Box 106 Mountain City, TN 37683|
|Knox Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||865.215.2480||865.215.4239||300 Main Street Knox Co Courthouse Room 218 Knoxville, TN 37902|
|Lake Countyemail@example.com||731.253.7521||731.253.3481||217 S Court Street Tiptonville, TN 38079|
|Lauderdale Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.635.2881||731.221.0874||217 N Main Street Ripley, TN 38063||PO Box 532 Ripley, TN 38063|
|Lawrence Countyemail@example.com||931.762.7836||931.762.7839||219 Centennial Blvd Lawrenceburg, TN 38464|
|Lewis Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.796.3662||931-230-8080||110 North Park Avenue Courthouse Room 103 Hohenwald. TN 38462|
|Lincoln Countyemail@example.com||931.433.6220||931.433.9308||208 Davidson Street East Room 106 Fayetteville, TN 37334|
|Loudon Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||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 Countyemail@example.com||615.666.2199||615.666.7469||Link||111 East Locust Street Lafayette, TN 37083-1219|
|Madison Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||731.660.1796||731.660.1824||Link||311 North Parkway Jackson, TN 38305|
|Marion Countyemail@example.com||423.942.2108||423.942.1082||109 Academy Avenue Jasper, TN 37347|
|Marshall Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||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 Countyemail@example.com||931.375.6001||931.375.6019||Link||1207A Tradewinds Drive Columbia, TN 38401|
|McMinn Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.745.0843||423.744.1646||Link||5 South Hill Street Suite B Athens, TN 37303|
|McNairy Countyemail@example.com||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 Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||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 Countyemail@example.com||423.442.2461||423.442.9432||Link||401 Main Street Election Commission Madisonville, TN 37354||PO Box 397 Madisonville, TN 37354|
|Montgomery Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||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 Countyemail@example.com||931.759.4532||931.759.6394||241 Main Street Education Building Suite 201 Lynchburg, TN 37352||PO Box 8056 Lynchburg, TN 37352|
|Morgan Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||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 Countyemail@example.com||931-823-5985||931.823.5884||317 East University Street Courthouse Annex Room 45 Livingston, TN 38570||PO Box 384 Livingston, TN 38570|
|Perry Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.589.2025||931.589.5819||124 East Main Street Linden, TN 37096||PO Box 77 Linden, TN 37096|
|Pickett Countyemail@example.com||931.864.3583||931.864.6362||Link||105 South Main Street Community Center Room 2 Byrdstown, TN 38549|
|Polk Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.338.4531||423.338.4549||6050 Highway 411 Benton, TN 37307||PO Box 157 Benton, TN 37307|
|Putnam Countyemail@example.com||931.526.2566||931.526.8724||Link||705 County Services Drive Cookeville, TN 38501|
|Rhea Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.775.7816||423.775.7880||125 Court Street Suite 1 Dayton, TN 37321||PO Box 181 Dayton, TN 37321|
|Roane Countyemail@example.com||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 Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||615.384.5592||615.382.3122||513 South Brown Street Robertson Co Office Bldg Room 137 Springfield, TN 37172|
|Rutherford Countyemail@example.com||615.898.7743||615.898.7938||Link||1 South Public Square Rutherford County Bldg Suite 103 Murfreesboro, TN 37130|
|Scott Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||423.663.2430||423.663.3127||Link||2845 Baker Highway Scott Co Office Bldg Huntsville, TN 37756||PO Box 586 Huntsville, TN 37756|
|Sequatchie Countyemail@example.com||423.949.2431||423.949.8396||68 Spring Street Dunlap, TN 37327|
|Sevier Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||865.453.6985||865.429.0376||Link||1145 Dolly Parton Parkway Sevierville, TN 37862||PO Box 4690 Sevierville, TN 37864|
|Shelby Countyemail@example.com||901-222-1200||901-222-1217||Link||150 Washington Ave Shelby Co Office Bldg Suite 205 Memphis, TN 38103|
|Smith Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||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 Countyemail@example.com||423.323.6444||423.323.6443||Link||3258 Highway 126 Suite 103 Blountville, TN 37617|
|Sumner Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||615.452.1456||615.230.6147||Link||355 North Belvedere Drive Sumner Co Admin Bldg Room 106 Gallatin, TN 37066|
|Tipton Countyemail@example.com||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 Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||615.374.2712||615.374.2142||214 Broadway Hartsville, TN 37074|
|Unicoi Countyemail@example.com||423.743.6521||423.735.7327||Link||106 Nolichucky Avenue Erwin, TN 37650||PO Box 76 Erwin, TN 37650|
|Union Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||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 Countyemail@example.com||931.946.2728||931.946.2876||500 College Street Van Buren Adm Building Spencer, TN 38585||PO Box 254 Spencer, TN 38585|
|Warren Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.473.5834||931.473.3984||Link||201 Locust Street Suite 3 McMinnville, TN 37110|
|Washington Countyemail@example.com||423.753.1688||423.753.1812||Link||100 East Main Street Courthouse Jonesborough, TN 37659|
|Wayne Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.722.3517||931.722.2388||100 Court Circle Courthouse Room 201 Waynesboro, TN 38485||PO Box 706 Waynesboro, TN 38485|
|Weakley Countyemail@example.com||731.364.5564||731.364.3229||Link||135 South Poplar Street Suite A Dresden, TN 38225|
|White Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||931.836.3671||931.837.3672||1 Bockman Way Courthouse Room 215 Sparta, TN 38583|
|Williamson Countyemail@example.com||615.790.5711||615.790.5617||Link||1320 West Main Street Administrative Complex Suite 140 Franklin, TN 37064|
|Wilson Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||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 were 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 March 2015||2||9||11|
State legislative partisanship
Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Tennessee:
|Party||As of March 2015|
|Party||As of March 2015|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Tennessee + ballot + access"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- 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
- 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
- Phone with Tennessee Secretary of State, October 9, 2013.
- Email correspondence with the Office of the Tennessee Secretary of State, March 4, 2015.
- 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
- Ballot Access News, "Sixth Circuit Sets Oral Argument in Tennessee Ballot Access Case," July 18, 2014
- Ballot Access News, "Sixth Circuit Holds Oral Argument in Tennessee Ballot Access Case," August 7, 2014
- Tennessee Code, "Chapter 2-1-104," accessed February 20, 2014
- 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