Resources: Running for Office

Important facts and dates for running for office on a statewide or local level.

How to Qualify to Run

1.) Name Your Committee - Give your committee a name, such as "The Committee to Elect ____" or "Friends of ____"

2.) Choose a Treasurer - This person will sign all financial disclosures and their name will appear on all campaign materials.

3.) Obtain a Federal ID Number and Open a Bank Account - Many banks will not allow you to open a campaign bank account without a federal ID number.

4.) Pick Up Your Paperwork - Papers to run for office can be obtained from your county's election commission. Once you pick up the papers, your intent to run will be public information. (If you are running for a seat that covers multiple counties, you will need paperwork in those counties.) Find your county election commission office at the Tennessee Secretary of State's website.

5.) Obtain Signatures - You must obtain a number of signatures of individuals who live in your district in order to run. A good rule of thumb is to obtain at least double the amount of required signatures, in case some of the signatures are illegible or from individuals who do not live in the appropriate district.

6.) File Your Paperwork by the Deadline - If you don't make the deadline, you won't be on the ballot!

 

2017 Local Election Dates by County

This is a growing list of upcoming city and county Election Days organized by county. Please contact Katharine Heriges at kheriges@tnbar.org if you have dates to add to the list.

Cheatham

Ashland City - Dec. 2


Gibson

Humboldt - Nov. 7

Humboldt City School District - Nov. 7


HickmanCenterville - Oct. 7

Knox
 
 Knoxville - Nov. 7

McNairySelmer - Nov. 7

WilliamsonFranklin - Oct. 24

2018 Local Election Dates by County

This is a growing list of upcoming city and county Election Days organized by county. Please contact Katharine Heriges at kheriges@tnbar.org if you have dates to add to the list.


2018 Statewide Election Dates

Primary and General Election

First Day to Pick Up Petitions

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018


Qualifying DeadlineThursday, April 5, 2018 at 12 noon

Withdrawal DeadlineThursday, April 12, 2018 at 12 noon

Voter Registration Deadline Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Early VotingFriday, July 13 - Saturday, July 28, 2018

Election Day Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018

 

General Election

First Day to Pick Up Petitions

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018


Qualifying DeadlineThursday, April 5, 2018 at 12 noon

Withdrawal DeadlineThursday, April 12, 2018 at 12 noon

Voter Registration Deadline Thursday, Oct. 9, 2018

Early VotingWednesday, Oct. 17 - Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

 

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For more information contact:

Katharine Heriges
Communications Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
(615) 383-7421
kheriges@tnbar.org
 

For more election information, visit the Tennessee Secretary of State's website.

To register to vote online, visit the Tennessee Online Voter Registration System.