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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Nov 7, 2018

Nashvillians voted overwhelmingly yesterday to create a new citizen-led panel to oversee local police, The Tennessean reports. The measure passed by a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent. An ongoing legal battle concerning the amendment, mounted by the Nashville Fraternal Order of Police, will be taken up by the Tennessee Court of Appeals on Dec. 5. The police union argued that supporters did not collect enough signatures to put the referendum on the ballot.

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Nov 7, 2018

Besides a record turnout, Election Day brought few surprises, with Republicans Marsha Blackburn winning a seat in the U.S. Senate and Bill Lee the governor’s race. Democrats added one extra member to their State House caucus, but the makeup of the Tennessee General Assembly remains mostly unchanged. The Nashville Post has a roundup of legislative races of note from across the state. Only one result remains unclear – Gabby Salinas, who challenged incumbent Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey in District 31, had not conceded as of Wednesday afternoon. The Commercial Appeal reports that Salinas, down by a margin of 1,520 votes, has asked for all provisional ballots to be counted.

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Nov 6, 2018

Election officials are expecting near-record turnouts across Tennessee today as voters select who will be the state’s next governor and junior senator. Nashville’s WPLN is offering live coverage throughout the day on its blog, and you can follow official results on the Secretary of State’s website. Lawyers across the country are offering their services to ensure voter rights. Nearly a hundred of the nation’s top law firms and corporate law departments are volunteering for an “election protection” program run by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the ABA Journal reports. Many of those attorneys are hosting 866-OUR VOTE hotline call centers, while other lawyers and law students will be working as poll watchers and compliance monitors.

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Nov 5, 2018

Tomorrow is Election Day across the country. Here’s a list of when polls open in all 95 counties in Tennessee, and here is an explainer for what ID is required to vote. The Nashville Post has a breakdown of the most contested state legislative races. See a comprehensive look at the turnout during early voting on the Secretary of State’s website.

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Oct 26, 2018

President Donald Trump is planning a visit to Chattanooga just before the election, The Chattanoogan reports. U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said he will be appearing with the president at the event, the date of which has not yet been announced. Trump is coming to support U.S. Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is locked in a tight race with former Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Oct 17, 2018

State Sen. Mark Norris’ legislative seat will likely be filled by a special election, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett said this week, The Commercial Appeal reports. Norris was confirmed last week to fill a vacant federal judgeship in West Tennessee. Norris has not technically resigned from his current seat, which must be done in order for Gov. Bill Haslam to call for a special election. In the extremely unlikely case that Norris were to resign prior to Election Day, it would create a write-in contest to fill the seat on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Oct 17, 2018

Early Voting began today for the general election in Tennessee and will continue until Nov. 1. To find out about the candidates, polling locations or to check your registration status, visit the Tennessee Secretary of State's website.

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Oct 10, 2018

J. Michael Holloway, an attorney running as an independent in Tennessee’s House District 30 race, has chosen to drop his election bid and endorse Democrat Joda Thongnopnua, The Times Free Press reports. "Over the past several months, it's become clear to me that Joda is the best choice for District 30 and Tennessee,” Holloway said in a press release. Thongnopnua faces Republican Esther Helton in a race for an open seat created when incumbent Rep. Marc Gravitt was elected Hamilton County Register of Deeds. District 30 includes southern portions of Hamilton County. 

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Oct 9, 2018

Today is the final day to register to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 Tennessee general election. Those who need to register in Tennessee or update their address can do so online at GoVoteTN.com.

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Aug 22, 2018

The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance has dismissed complaints filed against Rep. Beth Harwell and Bill Lee’s gubernatorial campaigns, The Tennessee Journal reports. Both had been accused of illegal coordination with a political action committee.

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