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This page contains extensive information about ballot access requirements for state and federal candidates running for elected office in the state of Tennessee. Offices included are:

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.

Note: If you have any questions or comments about this page, email us.

Year-specific dates


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:

The 2014 filing deadline for both partisan and independent candidates participating in the primary election and general election was April 3, 2014.[1] 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.[2]

Legend:      Ballot Access     Campaign Finance     Election Date

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)

Political parties

See also: List of political parties in the United States

As of October 2013, there are only two officially recognized political parties in Tennessee.[3]

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[4] 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.{{{Reference}}}

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.[5]

Process to establish a political party

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Chapter 2-13, Chapter 2-1, and Chapter 2-5 of the Tennessee Code

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.[6] 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.[6]
  • Each page of the petition must state its purpose, state its name, and contain the signatures of registered voters from a single county.[6]

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.[7]

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.[8]
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)
1,601,549 40,039
  • 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."[6][9]
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)
2,320,189 116,010

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.[10]

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."[10]

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.[11]
  • 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.[12][9]
    • 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."[12]


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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15][16][17][18]

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.[15][19]

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.[20] 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.[20]

Process to become a candidate

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Chapter 2-5 and Chapter 2-7 of the Tennessee Code

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.[21][22]
    • 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.[21][22]
    • 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.[22]
    • 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.[21][22]
    • 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.[23][24]
    • The nominating petition must be signed by at least 25 voters who are registered anywhere in Tennessee.[23][25]
    • 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.[22]
    • 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.[23][25]
    • 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.[23][25]
    • 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.[26][27]
  • 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.[27]
  • No signatures are required other than the signature of the write-in candidate.[27]
  • 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.[26]

Petition requirements

DocumentIcon.jpg 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.

Format requirements

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.[28]

The relevant statutes do not address circulator requirements.

Campaign finance

DocumentIcon.jpg 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.[29][30]
  • 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.[29]
  • 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.[29]
  • 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.[31]
Figure 1: This is the Campaign Financial Disclosure Statement Form for state and local candidates.
  • 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.[29]

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.[31]
  • 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.[31]
  • 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.

Reporting schedule

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

Contribution limits
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.[32] 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 Senate $1,500 $11,200 $112,300 $59,900
State House and local office $1,500 $7,400 $112,300 $30,000

Election-related agencies

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: tennessee.elections@tn.gov
  • 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/


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 Email Phone Secondary Phone Fax Website Physical Address Mailing Address
Anderson County acec@andersontn.org 865.457.6238 865-457-5624 Link 100 North Main Street Anderson Co Courthouse Room 207 Clinton, TN 37716
Bedford County summer.leverette@bedfordcountytn.org 931.684.0531 931.685.0975 Link One Public Square Courthouse Suite 20 Shelbyville 37160
Benton County becoelections@gmail.com 731.584.6144 731.584.5956 113 Maple Avenue Suite 1 Camden 38320
Bledsoe County bledsoe.commission@tn.gov 423.447.2776 423-447-2776 3150 Main Street Bledsoe Co Courthouse Suite 700 Pikeville, TN 37367 PO Box 253 Pikeville, TN 37367
Blount County lbreeding@blounttn.org 865.273.5920 865.273.5927 Link 383 Court Street Maryville, TN 37804
Bradley County fgreen@bradleyelections.com 423.728.7115 423.728.7116 Link 155 Broad Street N.W. Courthouse Annex Suite 102 Cleveland 37311
Campbell County ccelectn@ccdiwireless.net 423.562.9777 423.562.9758 Link 129 Church Alley Jacksboro, TN 37757 PO Box 84 Jacksboro, TN 37757
Cannon County election@dtccom.net 615.563.5650 615.563.2415 Link 301 West Main Street Adams Office Bldg Room 244 Woodbury 37190
Carroll County election@carroll.tn.org 731.986.1968 731.986.1913 625 High Street Carroll Co Office Complex Suite 113 Huntingdon 38344
Carter County elections@cartercountytn.gov 423.542.1822 423.547.1534 Link 801 Elk Avenue Main Courthouse Room 207 Elizabethton 37643
Cheatham County votecheatham@gmail.com 615.792.5770 615.792.2014 Link 188 County Services Drive Suite 100 Ashland City 37015
Chester County election@chesterelection.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 county claibornecounty@gmail.com 423.626.5128 423.626.6770 1802 Main Street Tazewell, TN 37879 PO Box 343 Tazewell, TN 37879
Clay County wdanielsclayelection@twlakes.net 931.243.2536 931.243.2543 145 Cordell Hull Drive Celina, TN 38551 PO Box 721 Celina, TN 38551
Cocke County ccec@cockecounty.net 423.623.2042 423.625.8416 360 East Main Street Courthouse Annex Room 130 Newport 37821
Coffee County votecoffee@coffeecountytn.org 931.723.5103 931.723.8279 Link 1329 McArthur Street Coffee Co Admin. Plaza Suite 6 Manchester, TN 37355
Crockett County crockettvote@crockettnet.com 731.696.5465 731.696.4977 Link 235 East Church Street Alamo, TN 38001
Cumberland County dhensley@cumberlandcountytn.gov 931.484.4919 931.456.9409 Link 2 South Main Street Milo Lemert Bldg Suite 105 Crossville, TN 38555
Davidson County vote.questions@nashville.gov 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 County dekalbelections@dtccom.net 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 County electionoffice@dicksoncountytn.gov 615.789.6021 615.789.3333 Link 5 Court Square Charlotte, TN 37036 PO Box 522 Charlotte, TN 37036
Dyer County dcelect1@bellsouth.net 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 County fentress.commission@tn.gov 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 County votegibsontn@co.gibson.tn.us 731.855.7669 731.855.7606 Link One Court Square, Suite 101 Trenton, TN 38382
Giles County gcelection@energize.net 931.363.2424 931.424.1436 222 West Madison St Pulaski, TN 38478 PO Box 678 Pulaski, TN 38478
Grainger County graingerelection@gmail.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 County grundyco@hotmail.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 County jgardner@co.hamblen.tn.us 423.586.7169 423.586.7169 Link 511 West Second North St. Courthouse Room 101 Morristown, TN 37814
Hamilton County cmullis@hamiltontn.gov 423.493.5100 423-493-5101 Link 700 River Terminal Road Chattanooga, TN 37406
Hancock County hancock.commission@tn.gov 423.733.4549 423-733-4596 1237 Main Street Courthouse 1st Floor Sneedville, TN 37869 PO Box 423 Sneedville, TN 37869
Hardeman County hcelection@yahoo.com 731.658.4751 731.659.2363 Link 106 South Porter Street Bolivar, TN 38008 PO Box 12 Bolivar, TN 38008
Hardin County hcec@charter.net 731.925.3375 731.925.9734 465 Main Street Savannah, TN 38372
Hawkins County vote@hawkinstnelections.com 423.272.8061 423.921.9459 Link 110 East Main Street Suite 301 Rogersville, TN 37857
Haywood County haywoodcounty@bellsouth.net 731.772.1760 731.772.3864 One North Washington Ave Brownsville, TN 38012
Henderson County vote@hendersoncoec.com 731.968.6832 731.968.0937 Link 12 Natchez Trace Dr. Lexington, TN 38351
Henry County henrycoelection@yahoo.com 731.642.0411 731.644.7302 Link 213 West Washington Paris, TN 38242 PO Box 967 Paris, TN 38242
Hickman County election@hickmanco.com 931.729.4560 931.729.0375 114 North Central Ave Suite 201 Centerville, TN 37033
Houston County houstonelection@hotmail.com 931.289.3047 931-289-5010 4725 East Main Street Erin, TN 37061 PO Box 346 Erin, TN 37061
Humphreys County waverly.vote@gmail.com 931.296.6504 931.296.6509 Link 208 West Wyly Street Waverly, TN 37185
Jackson County jacksoncobw@twlakes.net 931.268.9284 931.268.2414 101 East Hull Avenue Gainesboro, TN 38562 PO Box 13 Gainesboro, TN 38562
Jefferson County cgibson@jeffersoncountytn.gov 865.397.3440 865.397.5062 931 Industrial Park Road Dandridge, TN 37725 PO Box 177, Dandridge, TN 37725
Johnson County johnson.commission@tn.gov 423.727.8592 423.727.9168 158 Election Ave. Mountain City, TN 37683 PO Box 106 Mountain City, TN 37683
Knox County election.central@knoxcounty.org 865.215.2480 865.215.4239 300 Main Street Knox Co Courthouse Room 218 Knoxville, TN 37902
Lake County lakecountyof@bellsouth.net 731.253.7521 731.253.3481 217 S Court Street Tiptonville, TN 38079
Lauderdale County lauderdalecou310@bellsouth.net 731.635.2881 731.221.0874 217 N Main Street Ripley, TN 38063 PO Box 532 Ripley, TN 38063
Lawrence County ec@lawcotn.org 931.762.7836 931.762.7839 219 Centennial Blvd Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
Lewis County lewiscounty@lcelection.com 931.796.3662 931-230-8080 110 North Park Avenue Courthouse Room 103 Hohenwald. TN 38462
Lincoln County electioncommission@fpunet.com 931.433.6220 931.433.9308 208 Davidson Street East Room 106 Fayetteville, TN 37334
Loudon County election@loudoncounty-tn.gov 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 County maconelect@nctc.com 615.666.2199 615.666.7469 Link 111 East Locust Street Lafayette, TN 37083-1219
Madison County madisonelection@bellsouth.net 731.660.1796 731.660.1824 Link 311 North Parkway Jackson, TN 38305
Marion County mcelection@bellsouth.net 423.942.2108 423.942.1082 109 Academy Avenue Jasper, TN 37347
Marshall County mcec@bellsouth.net 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 County mauryelection@maurycounty-tn.gov 931.375.6001 931.375.6019 Link 1207A Tradewinds Drive Columbia, TN 38401
McMinn County mcelect03@comcast.net 423.745.0843 423.744.1646 Link 5 South Hill Street Suite B Athens, TN 37303
McNairy County joanie@mcnairyelection.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 County meigscoelect@gmail.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 County monroevotes@compnet.ws 423.442.2461 423.442.9432 Link 401 Main Street Election Commission Madisonville, TN 37354 PO Box 397 Madisonville, TN 37354
Montgomery County vote@mcgtn.net 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 County vregmc@yahoo.com 931.759.4532 931.759.6394 241 Main Street Education Building Suite 201 Lynchburg, TN 37352 PO Box 8056 Lynchburg, TN 37352
Morgan County election@highland.net 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 County overton.commission@tn.gov 931-823-5985 931.823.5884 317 East University Street Courthouse Annex Room 45 Livingston, TN 38570 PO Box 384 Livingston, TN 38570
Perry County perry.commission@tn.gov 931.589.2025 931.589.5819 124 East Main Street Linden, TN 37096 PO Box 77 Linden, TN 37096
Pickett County pickett.commission@tn.gov 931.864.3583 931.864.6362 Link 105 South Main Street Community Center Room 2 Byrdstown, TN 38549
Polk County votepolktn@yahoo.com 423.338.4531 423.338.4549 6050 Highway 411 Benton, TN 37307 PO Box 157 Benton, TN 37307
Putnam County dsteidl@putnamco.org 931.526.2566 931.526.8724 Link 705 County Services Drive Cookeville, TN 38501
Rhea County tomdavis@rheavote.com 423.775.7816 423.775.7880 125 Court Street Suite 1 Dayton, TN 37321 PO Box 181 Dayton, TN 37321
Roane County choliway@roanegov.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 County robertson.commission@tn.gov 615.384.5592 615.382.3122 513 South Brown Street Robertson Co Office Bldg Room 137 Springfield, TN 37172
Rutherford County nicolelester@rutherfordcountytn.gov 615.898.7743 615.898.7938 Link 1 South Public Square Rutherford County Bldg Suite 103 Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Scott County scotteleccom@highland.net 423.663.2430 423.663.3127 Link 2845 Baker Highway Scott Co Office Bldg Huntsville, TN 37756 PO Box 586 Huntsville, TN 37756
Sequatchie County seqelection@bledsoe.net 423.949.2431 423.949.8396 68 Spring Street Dunlap, TN 37327
Sevier County sevierelect@yahoo.com 865.453.6985 865.429.0376 Link 1145 Dolly Parton Parkway Sevierville, TN 37862 PO Box 4690 Sevierville, TN 37864
Shelby County richard.holden@shelbycountytn.gov 901-222-1200 901-222-1217 Link 150 Washington Ave Shelby Co Office Bldg Suite 205 Memphis, TN 38103
Smith County vote@smithcountyelection.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 County admin@scelect.org 423.323.6444 423.323.6443 Link 3258 Highway 126 Suite 103 Blountville, TN 37617
Sumner County latchley@sumnertn.org 615.452.1456 615.230.6147 Link 355 North Belvedere Drive Sumner Co Admin Bldg Room 106 Gallatin, TN 37066
Tipton County election@tiptonco.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 County tclpvote@yahoo.com 615.374.2712 615.374.2142 214 Broadway Hartsville, TN 37074
Unicoi County vote@unicoicountytn.gov 423.743.6521 423.735.7327 Link 106 Nolichucky Avenue Erwin, TN 37650 PO Box 76 Erwin, TN 37650
Union County deborahviles@aol.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 County vanburen.commission@tn.gov 931.946.2728 931.946.2876 500 College Street Van Buren Adm Building Spencer, TN 38585 PO Box 254 Spencer, TN 38585
Warren County warren.commission@tn.gov 931.473.5834 931.473.3984 Link 201 Locust Street Suite 3 McMinnville, TN 37110
Washington County vote@wcecoffice.com 423.753.1688 423.753.1812 Link 100 East Main Street Courthouse Jonesborough, TN 37659
Wayne County wcelect@netease.net 931.722.3517 931.722.2388 100 Court Circle Courthouse Room 201 Waynesboro, TN 38485 PO Box 706 Waynesboro, TN 38485
Weakley County weakleyelection@frontiernet.net 731.364.5564 731.364.3229 Link 135 South Poplar Street Suite A Dresden, TN 38225
White County whitecoelect@blomand.net 931.836.3671 931.837.3672 1 Bockman Way Courthouse Room 215 Sparta, TN 38583
Williamson County annb@williamson-tn.org 615.790.5711 615.790.5617 Link 1320 West Main Street Administrative Complex Suite 140 Franklin, TN 37064
Wilson County info@wilsonelections.com 615.444.0216 615.443.2669 Link 203 East Main Street Lebanon, TN 37087 PO Box 97 Lebanon, TN 37088

Term limits

State executives

Portal:State Executive Officials
See also: State executives with term limits and States with gubernatorial term limits

The state executive term limits in Tennessee are as follows:[33]

There are no term-limited state executive officials in 2014.

State legislators

See also: State legislatures with term limits

There are no term limits placed on Tennessee state legislators.

Congressional partisanship

See also: List of United States Representatives from Tennessee and List of United States Senators from Tennessee

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
     Democratic Party 0 2 2
     Republican Party 2 7 9
TOTALS as of January 2015 2 9 11

State legislative partisanship

Portal:State legislatures

Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Tennessee:

State Senate

Party As of January 2015
     Democratic Party 5
     Republican Party 28
Total 33

State House

Party As of January 2015
     Democratic Party 26
     Republican Party 73
Total 99

See also

External links

Official state and federal links



Other information


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  2. Ballotpedia phone correspondence with Tennessee Secretary of State Office, October 9, 2013
  3. Ballotpedia phone call with Tennessee Secretary of State's Office, September 9, 2013
  4. Tennessee Code, "Title 2: Section 5-203," accessed December 5, 2013
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