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2016 Presidential Primary Candidates

Here is the list of presidential primary candidates presented to the State Election Commission on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 by Secretary of State Tre Hargett. According to Tenn. Code Ann. §2-5-205, the secretary of state provides a list of candidates determined to be generally advocated or recognized as candidates in national news media throughout the United States. Please note this does not include candidates who submit petitions signed by at least 2,500 registered voters to the State Election Commission and the Division of Elections by noon CST on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. All candidates for the presidential preference primary will be certified by Secretary Hargett on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

2016 Presidential Delegate Candidates

Here is the most current list of presidential delegate candidates. Names on this list have had petitions issued or received by the Division of Elections. Please note candidates are not considered qualified until the division receives a letter from a presidential campaign identifying a presidential delegate.

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Elections Officials in Blount, Cannon, Carroll, Cumberland, Gibson and Williamson Counties Recognized for Passing Certification Exam
Secretary of State Tre Hargett would like to congratulate six administrators of elections who passed the state certification exam on Friday, September 25, 2015.
Use #GoVoteTN During National Voter Registration Month
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is urging everyone to use #GoVoteTN as a way Tennesseans can use social media to encourage others to register to vote. During the month of September, which is National Voter Registration Month, people should have someone take a picture of them holding an "I'm registered to vote. Are you?" sign. Then post it Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #GoVoteTN.
Follow @tnhouser For House District 14 Election Results
Wednesday, August 12 is Election Day in one part of East Tennessee with voters deciding who will be the newest member of the 109th General Assembly. Secretary of State Tre Hargett wants people to know how they can find unofficial results as soon as the polls close.
Goins Elected To Election Assistance Commission Leadership
Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins was recently elected to a leadership role on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Standards Board.

The Division of Elections is headed by the Coordinator of Elections, Mark Goins, who oversees the election process in the State of Tennessee. The Coordinator of Elections works directly with ninety-five (95) local county election commissions, candidates and the public on election related issues.  The county election commissions are appointed by the State Election Commission.  There are ninety-five (95) county election commission offices throughout the State. 

Division of Elections
Mark Goins, Coordinator of Elections
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
Snodgrass Tower, 7th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

The State Election Commission is composed of seven members, four from the political party holding a majority of seats in the General Assembly and three from the minority party. These individuals are elected for a term of four years. This is the only commission in Tennessee state government which is elected wholly by the General Assembly.

To be eligible to serve on the State Election Commission one must be at least 25 years old, a resident of this state for at least seven years, and a resident of the grand division of the state from which one seeks election for at least four years preceding the election. No more than any two members may be from the same grand division of the state.

The State Election Commission is responsible for appointing five county election commissioners for every county in the state. This is done on the first Monday in April in every odd-numbered year. After making such appointments, the state commissioners then monitor the activities and performance of the county election commissioners and shall remove a county election commissioner for violation of the oath of office or if that person is no longer qualified to hold the position.

Candidates for statewide offices qualify by filing their candidate petitions with the commission, and the commission must pass on the correctness and propriety of such petitions. The commission works very closely with the coordinator of elections toward the common goal of maintaining uniformity in elections as well as preserving the purity of the ballot.

Members of the State Election Commission are:

  • Donna Barrett, Murfreesboro;
  • Judy Blackburn, Morristown;
  • Greg Duckett, Memphis;
  • Mike McDonald, Portland;
  • Jimmy Wallace, Jackson;
  • Tom Wheeler, Clinton;
  • Kent Younce, La Follette.

Please address all correspondence for the State Election Commission to the Division of Elections:

Division of Elections 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue 7th Floor, Snodgrass Tower Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0309 (615) 741-7956