Early voting begins July 15 for August election

Early voting begins Friday, July 15, and in the US your ballot is secret, unlike in some other countries, such as in this 2007 French presidential election (photo by Rama, 2007 at:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Election).

Early voting begins Friday, July 15, and in the US your ballot is secret, unlike in some other countries, such as in this 2007 French presidential election (photo by Rama, 2007 at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Election).

Early voting has begun at the Howard Office Building on 2nd Avenue South in Nashville as of Friday, July 15, and runs through Saturday, July 30. Ten additional locations join in on Thursday, July 21, in advance of the actual traditional “Election Day” Thursday, August 4. Several offices are up for grabs in the August General Election, with Democratic and Republican Primaries contested to determine who will slug it out in the November 8 Presidental and General Elections.

Davidson County ballots for the August General Election consist of a special election to fill the vacated Metro Council seat in District 1, the Assessor of Property, five seats on the Metro School Board, and several Judicial Retention options. In party primaries, seats are contested in the US House of Representatives, the Tennessee State Senate and House of Representatives, and one party will elect two state Executive Committeewomen. Candidates are listed here alphabetically by race.

In Metro Council District One, three men vying for the seat vacated by former councilman Loniel Green, Jr. are Rueben Dockery, Nick Leonardo, and WIlliam D. Mason, Jr. Vivian Wilhoite is the Democratic Nominee for Assessor of Property (unopposed).

Five Metro School Board seats are in play. In District One – Janette Carter and Sharon Dixon Gentry; District Three – Jane Grimes Meneely and Jill Speering; District Five – Christiane Buggs, Miranda Christy, Corey Gathings, and Erica Lanier; District Seven – Jackson Miller and Will Pinkston; and District Nine – Thom Druffell and Amy M. Frogge.

Voters have their say on whether or not to retain ten judges as follows: Supreme Court – Jeffrey S. Bivins, Holly Kirby, and Roger A. Page; Court of Appeals, Western Division – Kenny Armstrong, Brandon O. Gibson, and Arnold B. Goldin; Court of Criminal Appeals, Eastern Division – Robert H. Montgomery; Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle Division – Timothy L. Easter and Robert L. Holloway, Jr.; and Court of Criminal Appeals, Western Division – J. Ross Dyer.

In the Democratic Primary, the following are unopposed: Jim Cooper, 5th Congressional District, US House of Representatives and Erin Coleman, 20th state senatorial district. Unopposed in the state house races are Bo Mitchell, 50th district; Bill Beck, 51st district; Michael Stewart, 52nd district; Jason Powell, 53rd district; Brenda Gilmore, 54th district; John Ray Clemmons, 55th district; Sherry Jones, 59th district; and Darren Jernigan, 60th district; also state executive committeewomen Bonnie Fussell, senate district 18 and Monet Brown, senate district 18 are unopposed.

In the Republican Primary, two candidates are unopposed: Beth Harwell, 56th district, state house of representatives, and Ferrell Haile, 18th senatorial district.

Running in the state house of representatives race are: Bill Bernstein and Nathan Massey, 50th district; Davette Blalock, Amberlee’ Brooks, and Michelle Norris, 53rd district; Steve Glover and Donald Ray McFolin, 60th district. No candidates qualified in the 51st, 52nd, 54th, 55th, 58th, or 59th district state house races.

Stephen Reid Dickerson and Ron McDow oppose each other in the 20th senatorial district race.

What ID is required when voting?

Remember to bring the proper ID with you to vote. All voters must NOW present a Tennessee or federal ID containing the voter’s name and photograph when voting at the polls, whether voting early or on Election Day. Any of the following IDs may be used, even if expired: Tennessee driver license with your photo; United States Passport; Photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security; Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government; United States Military photo ID
Tennessee handgun carry permit with your photo.

College student IDs and photo IDs not issued by the federal or Tennessee state government are NOT acceptable. This includes county or city issued photo IDs, such as library cards, and photo IDs issued by other states. You may obtain a free photo ID to vote from the Department of Safety and Homeland Security at any participating driver service center across the state.

If you are unsure or have questions about your photo ID, contact your county election commission by phone at (615) 862-8800, 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday at or the Tennessee Division of Elections, 1-877-850-4959.