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2016 Presidential Primary and Presidential Delegate Candidates

This is the list of presidential primary candidates that will appear on the March 1, 2016 presidential preference primary, or “SEC Primary,” ballot certified by Secretary of State Tre Hargett on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

The document also includes the finalized list of presidential delegate candidates that will appear on the SEC Primary ballot.

Both the Tennessee Republican Party and the Tennessee Democratic Party have their own rules about how someone becomes a presidential delegate. Republican presidential delegates are decided by election, which is coordinated through the Division of Elections. Democratic presidential delegates are decided by party rules. More information can be found here:

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Secretary of State's Offices to Close for Presidents Day
The Tennessee Secretary of State's office and all of its divisions will be closed on Monday, Feb. 15 in observance of Presidents Day.
Dedicate Your Vote with Honor Vote
In 2016, Tennessee will play a bigger role than ever before in deciding who will be the next president of the United States. That’s why Secretary of State Tre Hargett is urging Tennesseans to dedicate their vote this election season to those who are serving or have served our country through the Honor Vote Program.
Voter Registration Deadline, Early Voting Nearing for SEC Primary
Tennesseans who want to vote in the March 1 presidential preference primary, or “SEC Primary,” must register to vote by Monday, February 1, 2016. This election cycle the Volunteer State will join six other Southern states on March 1 to help decide who could be the next president of the United States.
Highway Officials Certification Board Reviewing Candidates from 13 Counties
The Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board will continue reviewing candidates for the August election beginning on Thursday, January 21.

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