Welcome to the Jefferson County Election Commission’s Office.  The County Election Commission has the statutory responsibilities of registering voters and conducting elections. The Administrator of Elections is appointed by the County Election Commission.  The current Administrator of Elections is Charles R. Gibson.  Charles took the office of the Administrator of Elections on May 18, 2009.

The Elections Office is staffed with the Elections Administrator as well as deputy administrators.

The Jefferson County Election Commission is composed of members who are appointed by the State Election Commission.

From left to right: Charles R. Gibson (Administrator); John (Jack) Kramer (Rep. Member); Phyllis McCracken (Rep. Chairperson); Betty Watkins (Dem Secretary); Carolyn Etherton (Rep. Member); A.C. Carr (Dem. Member)

Election Commissioners

Phyllis McCracken (Chairperson)
1513 Butler Street
White Pine, TN 37890
865-674-2624

Betty Watkins (Secretary)
529 W. Hwy 11-E
New Market, TN  37820
865-475-4861

Carolyn Etherton (Member)
2176 Rainwater Road
Dandridge, TN 37725
865-397-2406

 

A.C. Carr (Member)
2349 W. Hwy 11-E
Strawberry Plains, TN 37871
865-933-3088

John “Jack” Kramer (Member)
2590 Day Road
Strawberry Plains, TN 37821
865-789-6673

Charles Gibson (Administrator)
P.O. Box 177
Dandridge, TN 37725
865-397-3440

GoVoteTN App

The easiest way for Tennessee voters to find their Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots, see their elected officials, districts and county election commission information as well as access online election results is through the GoVoteTN app. Voters can download the free app in the App Store or Google Play to view voter specific information. State law allows voters to use the GoVoteTN app inside polling locations.

FAQs
How do I register to vote?

Anyone who lives in Jefferson County and will be 18 years old or older on or before the next election may register to vote, provided they register to vote prior to 30 days before the next election. (TCA § 2-2-109) prohibits the processing of a voter registration that is within 30 days of an election. Those received during that period will be processed after the election in question. The last day to process a voter registration to participate in a particular election is as follows:

  • For the May 1, 2019 Jefferson County Primary Election you must register on or before April 2, 2018.
  • For the August 2, 2019 Jefferson County General Election and Tennessee State Primary Election and the Federal Primary Election you must register on or before July 3, 2019
  • For the November 6, 2019 Tennessee State General Election, the Federal General Election and the City Elections you must register before October 9, 2018. October 8, 2019 is a National Holiday, Columbus Day.

You may register in a number of ways…

1. Online at the Tennessee Division of Elections

2. When you obtain or renew your driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

3. At the Jefferson County Election’s Office
 The lower level of the Health Department.

4. By Mail.  If you mail your voter registration application to the Election Commission, please send it to the following address:

Jefferson County Election Commission
P.O. Box 177
Dandridge, TN 37725

If you would like to print an application for voter registration and mail it to the office or submit it in person, visit Tennessee Voter Registration and follow the prompts.  Please fill the form completely and mail it to the address above or deliver it to the physical address listed above.

Please Note:

  • If you register by mail, you must vote in person your first time.
  • The registration form cannot be accepted if filled out with a pencil, only an ink pen.
  • All questions must be answered completely.  The form cannot be accepted with any blank questions.
Where do I vote?

The two links below will allow the Jefferson County voter to ascertain which political jurisdictions they live within based on their current residential address. Each voter has been mailed a voter registration card when they registered to contain their voting precinct and corresponding district numbers listed on the back of the card. If you do not have a current voter registration card then we encourage you to call our office and request a new one. Once you know your Voting Precinct, open the top election district link.

Your Precinct, U.S. House District, State House District, State Senate District, County Commission District, Road Commission District, School Board District, Constable District, Address of your Precinct, and any corresponding city within your precinct will be identified.

 As you will notice, some of the precincts indicate multiple districts within the categories of US House and State House Districts because your precinct is split. Jefferson County is unique in that our county has multiple U.S. Congressional Districts (District 1 and 2) and State House Districts (District 11 and 17). You can only live in one or the other of each. However, you do not have to guess which one you live within if you will look at your voter registration card. The correct district will be listed on your card. Since the implementation of the Photo ID law in Tennessee in 2012, you do not have to have a voter registration card in order to vote, but it is an important piece of information for the correct identification of your voting information as well as containing your voter registration number.

 The second link pulls up the District Map of our county to give you a visual of what is being described in the District Chart. You will see how multiple County Commission Districts make up the School Board and Road Commission Districts. We hope that these two tools will help you with identifying your correct voting districts. 

Jefferson County Election Districts 
Jefferson County Commission Districts

How do I request an absentee ballot?

Absentee Request Form 
Military/Overseas Voter Ballot Request

To vote by-mail, a registered voter must meet certain requirements.

A registered voter may request an application for a by-mail ballot no earlier than ninety days before the election and no later than 7 days before the election. To be processed for the next election, the application must be received by the election commission no later than 7 days before the election. Each request time period is outlined below. Your request cannot be processed if not received within these dates.

For the March 3, 2020 County Primary-Absentee ballot must be requested between January 31, 2018 and April 24, 2018

For the August 2, 2018 County General/ Fed and State Primary-Absentee ballot must be requested between May 4, 2018 and July 26, 2018.

For the November 6, 2018 Fed and State General/City Elections-Absentee ballot must be requested between August 8, 2018 and October 30, 2018.

If you do not choose to use the request form above, you may also request a by-mail absentee ballot, through mail, fax, or email with an attached document, which includes a scanned signature and the following information directly to your local county election commission office:

  1. Name of the registered voter.
  2. Address of the voter’s residence.
  3. Voter’s social security number.
  4. Voter’s date of birth.
  5. Address to mail the ballot outside the county (this applies only when the reason for voting by mail involves that the voter will be outside of the county during early voting and on Election Day)
  6. The election in which the voter wishes to participate. If the election involves a primary, the political party in which the voter wishes to participate.
  7. Reason the voter wishes to vote absentee. If applicable, a copy of the CDL containing the CDL number or the TWIC card must be included in the voter’s request.
  8. Voter’s signature.

A request that contains this information will be processed and a ballot will be mailed to the voter.

Note: The request must be in office before the day of, not postmarked by day.

What are my rights as a non-resident property owner concerning voting?

Pursuant to T.C.A. § 2-2-107(3): Notwithstanding any provision of the law to the contrary, if a municipal charter provides for property rights voting, no more than 2 persons shall be entitled to vote based upon the ownership of an individual tract of property regardless of the number of property owners.

What this code is referring to is that in Tennessee, if you own property within the city limits of a city that allows for non-resident property rights voting in its charter, but you do not actually live within that particular city limit, you still have the right to participate in that city’s municipal election, provided you properly register that specific property with the Election Commission.

So, for example, I could live in the city of White Pine and own a piece of property within the city limits of Jefferson City and be able to vote in both city elections, provided I have properly registered my Jefferson City property with the Jefferson County Election Commission Office. You have to register that specific piece of city property with the Election Commission Office in order to have the ability to vote on its behalf. IT IS NOT AUTOMATICALLY DONE JUST BECAUSE YOU OWN THE PROPERTY!   IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REGISTER IT!

In Jefferson County, we currently have 5 municipalities: Baneberry, Dandridge, Jefferson City, New Market, and White Pine. All of these municipalities, with the exception of Baneberry, have provisions within their charters to allow for non-resident property rights voting. Baneberry DOES NOT allow for non-resident property rights voting. Dandridge, Jefferson City, New Market, and White Pine DO HAVE provisions within their charter to allow for non-resident property rights voting.

To register for non- resident property rights voting on a specific piece of property you must complete a registration form for that property (separate from your regular registration) and provide the Jefferson County Election Commission Office with a copy of your recorded deed for your city property.

You may register in person at the Election Commission Office located in the lower level of the Health Department Building, located at 931 Industrial Park Road; Dandridge, TN 37725. Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You can also register by mail by sending your registration application, properly filled out, and a copy of your recorded warranty deed to the Jefferson County Election Commission Office; P.O. Box 177; Dandridge, TN 37725.

How do I obtain and file petitions for candidacy, and what are the rules of the candidacy process?

QUALIFYING PROCEDURES FOR CANDIDATES

1. Appointment of Treasurer Form: Upon deciding to become a candidate, a political treasurer must be appointed. No funds may be received or expended until a treasurer has been appointed. A candidate may appoint himself or herself to this position. A new form must be filed if the treasurer is changed. This form is available at and must be filed with the Jefferson County Election Office.

2. Candidate Nominating Petition: Pursuant to T.C.A. § 2-5-102 a candidate may obtain a nominating petition from the county election commission office. Each page of the petition must be signed by the candidate and an Election Official and may not be photocopied. The nominating petition must be signed by at least twenty-five (25) qualified voters who are registered in the candidate’s district. It is recommended that a candidate obtain more than twenty-five (25) signatures (at least thirty-five to forty (35-40) signatures) in order to prevent a candidate from having a shortage in the number of qualified signatures. Each voter who signs the petitions must also supply his or her residence address as it appears on his or her voter registration record. No ditto marks or post office box addresses can be accepted. Each voter must sign his or her own name. There is a space available and should be used to print the voter’s name.

3. Petition Issuing and Filing Deadline Dates: Pursuant to T.C.A. § 2-5-102(5) Qualifying petitions cannot be picked up prior to ninety (90) days before the qualifying deadline for the office being sought. The Qualifying Deadline dates are specific to each individual election.  2020 Election and Qualifying Petition Deadlines.

4. Where to File Petitions: Candidates must file petitions in the county in which he or she resides. If the elected office the candidate is seeking represents more than one county, it is the candidate’s responsibility to provide certified duplicates of the petition to each county by 12:00 noon on the qualifying deadline. The copies can either be hand-delivered or mailed certified mail. There are no filing fees.

5. Statement of Interest: All Candidates are required to file this form no later than thirty (30) days following the qualifying deadline. No dollar amounts need to be listed. If a candidate is running for the same office he or she holds and filed an annual statement of interest in JANUARY of the same year as the election, then the candidate is not required to file another statement.

6. Campaign Contribution and Disclosure Filings: Pursuant to T.C.A. § 2-10-101 Financial disclosure forms do not apply to those positions that are part-time and for which the compensation is less than $1,000.00 per month and as long as the candidate does not spend more than $1,000.00 on his or her campaign.

Where to file: The County Election Office

For information regarding candidate filing dates, you may visit the Registry of Election Finance for Tennessee.

Who are the current elected officials?

Recognize your government officials by name and office. Ongoing regional cooperation in planning and program implementation is most effective when everyone works together.

Know Your Government Elected Officials

A current list of Federal Elected Officials, State of Tennessee Elected Officials, Jefferson County Officials, local city elected officials, and local Judges.

The list contains the elected officials’ contact information including names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses, and associated websites.

Election Schedule:

  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019 – First day to request an absentee ballot
  • Monday, October 7, 2019 – Final day to register to vote before election
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – First day of Early Voting period
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019 – Final day to request an absentee ballot
  • Thursday, October 31, 2019 – Final day of Early Voting period
  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019 – Election Day

 

Election Commission – 2020 Election Schedule

Notes:

  • Information contained herein is subject to change. Please consult the Election Commission website for the latest information.
  • Both independent and partisan candidates have the same qualifying deadlines as listed for each office.
  • Offices and referendum questions are subject to be added to the ballot of any election.
  • State Law requires municipal elections and school board elections to be non-partisan.
  • Vacancy elections are to fill the remainder of an unexpired term.

2020 – Presidential Preference Primary and County Primary Election

The Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) is held on the first Tuesday in March every four years (2020, 2024, etc.) The Primary election in these years is held in conjunction with the PPP.

Offices on the ballot:

  • Republican Nominee, President
  • Republican Delegates at-Large
  • Delegates, 2nd Congressional District
  • Democratic Nominee, President
  • County Commission, District 1
  • County Commission, District 2
  • County Commission, District 4
  • County Commission, District 5
  • County Commission, District 6
  • County Commission, District 8
  • County Commission, District 9
  • Assessor of Property
  • County Law Director
  • School Board, District 2 (non-partisan)
  • School Board, District 3 (non-partisan)
  • School Board, District 5 (non-partisan)
  • School Board, District 8 (non-partisan)

Schedule:

  • Monday, October 14, 2019 – First day to pick up a nominating petition for all local offices from the Election Commission office
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 – First day to request an absentee ballot
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 at NOON – Candidate Qualifying Deadline
  • Thursday, December 19, 2019 at NOON – Candidate Withdrawal Deadline
  • Monday, February 3, 2020 – Final day to register to vote before election
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 – First day of Early Voting period
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – Final day to request an absentee ballot
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – Final day of Early Voting period
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – Election Day

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