To seek or hold the office of United States Senate, a person must be at least 30 years of age, a citizen of the United States for 9 years, and a Tennessee resident.
Candidates may obtain a nominating petition from a county election commission office or the office of the Coordinator of Elections. Petitions may be obtained no more than 60 days before the qualifying deadline date. The first day petitions may be issued for 2020 is February 3, 2020. Each page of the petition issued must be signed by the candidate and an election official and may not be photocopied. Additional pages may be obtained as necessary.
The nominating petition must be signed by at least twenty-five (25) voters who are registered in the State of Tennessee, and the candidate. The signature of the candidate does not count towards the required twenty-five (25) signatures. Each voter who signs the petition must also supply his or her residence address as it appears on his or her voter registration record.
Primary candidates must file their nominating petitions no later than 12:00 NOON on April 2, 2020; candidates who intend to run as independents on the November ballot must also file their petitions by 12:00 NOON on April 2, 2020.
Primary and independent candidates must file their original nominating petition in the office of the State Election Commission and a certified duplicate in the office of the Coordinator of Elections. A certified duplicate is a photocopy of the original petition with the words “This is a true copy of the original” signed by the person making the copy along with the copier’s name, title and date. Both of these must be received by the qualifying deadline listed above and may be mailed to:
Division of Elections
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, William R. Snodgrass Tower, 7th Floor
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Primary candidates must also file a certified duplicate by the above qualifying deadline with the chairperson of their party's state executive committee. The contact phone numbers and addresses for each political party are below:
State Republican Party
State Democratic Party
There are no filing fees.
Candidates should contact the Federal Election Commission at (800) 424-9530 for information regarding campaign contribution and disclosure reports and filing requirements. Their address is 999 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20463.