Election Calendar for 2016




June 15, 2015 Deadline for the county executive committee to notify the County Election Commission in writing that a county primary will be held with the Presidential Preference Primary.  (The county primary would then be held on March 1, 2016.)  March (TCA § 2-13-203(d)(1)) 
July 15, 2015 Mid-Year supplemental campaign financial disclosure statements due for candidates with open 2016 campaign account. March, May, August, November (TCA §§ 2-10-105(c)(3) and 2-10-106(a)
August 24, 2015 Deadline for the county executive committee to notify the County Election Commission in writing that a May county primary will be held.  (The county primary would then be held on May 3, 2016.)  May (TCA § 2-13-203(d)(1)) 
September 2, 2015 First day to issue nominating petitions to candidates for President in the Presidential Preference Primary.  March (TCA §§ 2-5-102(b)(5) and 2-5-205(a)(2)) 
September 11, 2015 Deadline for the county executive committee to revoke or rescind its call for a county primary with the Presidential Preference Primary.  March (TCA § 2-13-203(d)(1))  
September 11, 2015 First day to issue nominating petitions for delegate candidates and county primary candidates, if applicable.  March  (TCA § 2-5-102(b)(5))
November 20, 2015 Deadline for the county executive committee to revoke or rescind its call for a May county primary.  May (TCA § 2-13-203(d)(1))
November 20, 2015 If a May primary will be held, first day to issue nominating petitions.  May (TCA § 2-5-102(b)(5))
November 25, 2015 Deadline for county road superintendent candidates to file an affidavit of qualification with the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board.  March (TCA § 54-7-104) 
December 1, 2015 Generally advocated or recognized presidential candidates are announced by the Secretary of State and submitted to the State Election Commission.  March (TCA §§ 2-5-205 (a)(1) and 2-13-304(a))
December 1, 2015 Qualifying deadline, 12:00 NOON prevailing time, for Presidential Preference Primary candidates not named by the Secretary of State as generally advocated or recognized presidential candidates.  March (TCA §§2-5-205(a)(2)) 
December 2, 2015 First day to receive requests for by-mail ballots from military and overseas voters.  March, May, August, November (TCA §§ 2-6-502(c) and (d)) 
December 2, 2015 First day to receive requests for by-mail ballots from persons other than military and overseas voters.  March (TCA § 2-6-202(a)) 
December 10, 2015 Qualifying deadline, 12:00 NOON prevailing time, for delegate-candidates and county candidates in a county primary with the Presidential Preference Primary.  March (TCA §§ 2-5-101(a)(2), 2-13-203(d) and 2-13-305 (a))
December 17, 2015 Secretary of State certifies the names of presidential candidates for the Presidential Preference Primary.  March (TCA § 2-5-205 (c))
December 17, 2015 Withdrawal deadline, 12:00 NOON prevailing time, for delegate-candidates and county candidates in a county primary with the Presidential Preference Primary.  March (TCA § 2-5-204(b)(1)) 
January 8, 2016 First day to issue nominating petitions for the state/federal primary and county general election, if a county primary has not been called.  August (TCA § 2-5-102(b)(5)) 
January 11, 2016 Last day for candidates to file statement of interests with the Tennessee Ethics Commission.  March (TCA § 8-50-501(c)) 
January 16, 2016 Deadline to mail ballots to military and overseas voters who have filed an application for ballot by this date. March (TCA § 2-6-503) 
February 1, 2016 Voter registration deadline.  March (TCA § 2-2-109) 
February 1, 2016 Year-end supplemental campaign financial disclosure statements due for candidates with open 2016 campaign accounts.  March, May, August, November (TCA §§ 2-10-105(c)(3)) and 2-10-106(a)
February 3, 2016 First day to receive requests for by-mail ballots from persons other than military and overseas voters. May (TCA § 2-6-202(a)) 
February 4, 2016 Deadline for county road superintendent candidates on the May primary ballot to file an affidavit of qualification with the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board.  May (TCA § 54-7-104) 
February 10, 2016 First day to vote early in person.  March (TCA §§ 2-6-102(a)(1) and 2-6-103(a)(1)) 
February 18, 2016 Qualifying deadline, 12:00 NOON prevailing time, for May county primary candidates.  May (TCA § 2-5-101(a)(2)) 
February 23, 2016 Deadline for receiving an application for a by-mail ballot.  March (TCA § 2-6-202(d)(3)) 
February 23, 2016 Last day to vote early in person.  March (TCA §§ 2-6-102(c) and 2-6-103(a)(1)) 
February 23, 2016 Pre-Primary campaign financial disclosure reports for March county primary due.  March (TCA § 2-10-105(c)(1))
February 25, 2016 Withdrawal deadline, 12:00 NOON prevailing time, for May county primary candidates.  May (TCA § 2-5-204(b)(1)) 
March 1, 2016 ELECTION DAY (Presidential Preference Primary and County Primary)  March (TCA §§ 2-13-203, 2-13-205, and 2-13-302) 
March 19, 2016 Deadline to mail ballots to military and overseas voters who have filed an application for ballot by this date.  May (TCA § 2-6-503) 
March 21, 2016 Last day for candidates to file statement of interests with the Tennessee Ethics Commission.  May (TCA § 8-50-501(b)) 
March 24, 2016 If there has not been a county primary called, deadline for county road superintendent candidates to file an affidavit of qualification with the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board.  August (TCA § 54-7-104)
April 4, 2016 Voter registration deadline.  May (TCA § 2-2-109) 
April 7, 2016 Qualifying deadline, 12:00 NOON prevailing time, for state/federal primary candidates and independent candidates of these offices.  August, November (TCA § 2-5-101(a)) 
April 11, 2016 1st Quarter campaign financial disclosure reports due.  March, May, August, November (TCA § 2-10-105(c)(1)) 
April 13, 2016 First day of early voting.  May (TCA §§ 2-6-102(a)(1) and 2-6-103(a)(1)) 
April 14, 2016 Withdrawal deadline, 12:00 NOON prevailing time, for state/federal primary candidates and independent candidates of these offices.  August, November (TCA § 2-5-204(b)(1)) 
April 26, 2016 Deadline for receiving an application for a by-mail ballot.  May (TCA § 2-6-202(a)(1)) 
April 26, 2016 Pre-Primary campaign financial disclosure reports for May primary due.  May (TCA § 2-10-105(c)(1))
April 28, 2016 Last day to vote early in person.  May (TCA § 2-6-102(a)(1))
May 3, 2016 ELECTION DAY (County primaries if applicable)  May (TCA §2-13-203)
May 6, 2016 First day to receive requests for by-mail ballots from persons other than military and overseas voters.  August (TCA § 2-6-202(a)) 
May 9, 2016 Last day for candidates to file statement of interests with the Tennessee Ethics Commission.  August (TCA § 8-50-501(b))  
May 20, 2016 First day to issue nominating petitions for independent presidential candidates and municipal candidates.  November (TCA § 2-5-102(b)(5))
June 20, 2016 Deadline to mail ballots to military and overseas voters who have filed an application for ballot by this date.  August (TCA § 2-6-503) 
July 5, 2016 Voter registration deadline.  August (TCA § 2-2-109)
July 11, 2016 2nd Quarter campaign financial disclosure reports due.  March, May, August, November (TCA § 2-10-105(c)(1))
July 15, 2016 First day to vote early in person.  August (TCA §§ 2-6-102(a)(1) and 2-6-103(a)(1))
July 28, 2016 Deadline for receiving an application for a by-mail ballot.  August (TCA § 2-6-202(d)(3)) 
July 28, 2016 Pre-Primary campaign financial disclosure reports for August primary due.  August (TCA § 2-10-105(c)(1))
July 28, 2016 Pre-General campaign financial disclosure reports for August general due.  August (TCA § 2-10-105(c)(1))
July 30, 2016 Last day to vote early in person.  August (TCA § 2-6-102(a)(1)) 
August 4, 2016 ELECTION DAY (State Primary and County General)  August (TCA §§2-1-104(a)(24), 2-3-202, and 2-13-202)
August 10, 2016 First day to receive requests for by-mail ballots from persons other than military and overseas voters.  November (TCA § 2-6-202(a)) 
August 18, 2016 Qualifying deadline, 12:00 NOON prevailing time, for independent presidential candidates and municipal candidates.  November (TCA §2-5-101(a)(1)) 
August 25, 2016 Withdrawal deadline, 12:00 NOON prevailing time, for independent presidential candidates and municipal candidates.  November (TCA § 2-5-204(b)(1)) 
September 19, 2016 Last day for candidates to file statement of interests with the Tennessee Ethics Commission.  November (TCA § 8-50-501(b)) 
September 24, 2016 Deadline to mail ballots to military and overseas voters who have filed an application for ballot by this date.  November (TCA § 2-6-503) 
October 11, 2016 Voter registration deadline.  November (TCA § 2-2-109) 
October 11, 2016 3rd Quarter campaign financial disclosure reports due.  March, May, August, November (TCA § 2-10-105(c)(1))
October 19, 2016 First day vote early in person.  November (TCA §§ 2-6-102(a)(1)) and 2-6-103(a)(1)) 
November 1, 2016 Deadline for receiving an application for a by-mail ballot.  November (TCA § 2-6-202(d)(3))
November 1, 2016 Pre-General campaign financial disclosure reports for November general due. November (TCA § 2-10-105(c)(1))
November 3, 2016 Last day to vote early in person.  November (TCA § 2-6-102(a)(1))
November 8, 2016 ELECTION DAY (State and Federal General Election)  November (TCA §§2-1-104(25) and 2-3-203)
January 25, 2017 4th Quarter campaign financial disclosure reports due. March, May, August, November (TCA § 2-10-105(c)(1))
     
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