News and Updates

The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office, along with the Tennessee Attorney General’s office, is joining the Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement officials and charity regulators from every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico in announcing “Operation Donate
Sign that says "Early Voting"
Early voting for the Aug. 2 primary begins today. Early voting runs Mondays through Saturdays and ends Saturday, July 28. Election Day is Thursday, Aug. 2. The voter registration deadline ahead of this primary was Tuesday, July 3.
2018 Tennessee Honor Vote logo
Tennesseans will head to the polls in 2018 with an updated way to proudly honor someone who is serving or has served our country. The Honor Vote program allows registered Tennessee voters to dedicate their vote to a U.S.
Tennesseans who want to vote in the Aug. 2 primary must register to vote Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Luckily, registering is easier than ever in Tennessee using a computer, tablet or smartphone. Online voter registration allows any U.S.
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The number of new businesses grew more than 10 percent during the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same time last year, according to a new report released by the Secretary of State's office.
Group of students representing Tennessee at National History Day 2018
Twelve Tennessee students took top honors at the 2018 National History Day competition. In total, 58 middle and high school students represented Tennessee in the contest, which allows students to showcase their creativity and research skills by developing projects with historical themes.
"It's Not All Online" Reveals Limitations of Online Research
A host of genealogy records are available at the click of a mouse, but researching solely online will reveal less than 10 percent of all the world’s genealogical records.
Six county administrators of elections are being recognized for passing the state certification exam.
Over a five-year period, World War I ravaged Europe, the Middle East and parts of North Africa, overturning governments and costing millions of lives.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives will put all three of the state’s original constitutions on display to the public in commemoration of Statehood Day.
Civic Education and Engagement Advisory Committee
The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office is pleased to announce six new members of the Civic Education and Engagement Advisory Committee.
Lausanne Collegiate School students accept second place medals at Tennessee History Day 2018
Sixty-two students will represent Tennessee at the National History Day competition this summer. The students are advancing after placing first or second in various categories at Tennessee History Day Saturday, April 7.
Former Rep. Tommie F. Brown (D-Chattanooga) hosted a Black History Month program before the 104th Tennessee General Assembly Feb. 23, 2005, to honor the many contributions made by African-American members. Christian Suttles recited a portion of Dr.
Tennessee Historical Society Tennessee History Day logo
Nearly 300 students from across Tennessee will compete in the annual Tennessee History Day state contest in downtown Nashville Saturday. The competition allows students to showcase their creativity and research skills by developing projects with historical themes.
Woman helps child read braille
The Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is now the Tennessee Library for Accessible Books and Media. The name change became official March 9.
Open door and bars of a jail cell
Following the trail of an ancestor in trouble with the law or plagued with mental illness is often difficult. On April 14, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will host a free workshop entitled “Locked Up: Finding Ancestors in Prisons and Asylums.”
Margaret Croft (in black) with her sister Elise (in white) (Courtesy: Tennessee State Library and Archives)
The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is one of the most visited locations in Nashville, but the property’s historical significance is often overlooked.
The winners of our 2017 civics essay contest are being honored in the Tennessee State Capitol. The students range from kindergarten to 12th grade representing school systems and programs across the state.
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The number of new businesses keeps climbing suggesting the state’s economic growth will continue, according to a new report released by the Secretary of State's office.
key in a door lock with a key chain shaped like a house
For many victims of domestic abuse, stalking and similar crimes, escaping abusers is no easy task. In 2016 alone, 78,100 domestic violence offenses were reported in Tennessee. In over 80 percent of these reported incidents, the primary victim was either a woman or a child.
Over a five-year period, World War I ravaged Europe, the Middle East and parts of North Africa, overturning governments and costing millions of lives.
Deborah Abbott, Ph.D.
Connecting families with records that tie them together is often a barrier in African-American research. On Feb. 17, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will host a free workshop on African-American genealogy.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
The 2017-2018 edition of the Tennessee Blue Book is dedicated to Governor Bill Haslam. Gov. Haslam, a native Knoxvillian, was elected as Tennessee’s 49th governor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 with the largest victory in modern Tennessee history.
Students writing at a table
The Tennessee Secretary of State’s office is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 civics essay contest, an annual initiative created to encourage students to be actively engaged citizens. Students were asked to write about citizenship with length requirements varying by grade level.

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