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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

November 4, 2016 Election Information

Calendar for the November 4, 2016 Election:
  • August 10 First day to request an absentee ballot
  • October 11 Final day to register to vote before election
  • October 19 First day of Early Voting period
  • November 1 Final day to request an absentee ballot
  • November 3 Final day of Early Voting period
  • November 8 Election Day

The offices on the ballot in Knox County:
  • President and Vice-President of the US
  • US House of Representatives, 2nd District
  • TN Senate, District 6
  • TN House, District 13
  • TN House, District 14
  • TN House, District 15
  • TN House, District 16
  • TN House, District 18
  • TN House, District 19
  • TN House, District 89

All of these are general races. There will most likely be some charter questions from the City of Knoxville as well.

The three presidential debates are scheduled for

  • Monday September 26
  • Sunday October 9
  • Wednesday October 19
  • The vice-presidential debate has been scheduled for Tuesday October 4.

    For more information about registering to vote, your voting location, what district you're in, absentee ballots, photo ID required, etc.:

    November 4, 2016 Election Information

    Local Voting Information

    Vote411: Create Your Own Ballot

    2016 Election Schedule

    Board of Education Districts from KGIS

    Find your voting location and list of state and local representatives HERE.

    Valid Forms of Identification for Voting

    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

    What IDs are not acceptable?

    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.

    If you are unsure or have questions about your photo ID, contact your county election commission or the Division of Elections at 1-877-850-4959.

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    Get Out the Vote 2016

    The LWV has partnered with AIGI, the Professional Association for Design, to "Get out the Vote for 2016." This year, in partnership for the first time with the League of Women Voters, AIGA will Get Out the Vote by:

    • Presenting an online gallery of original, nonpartisan posters for printing and public distribution
    • Organizing exhibitions in conjunction with the Republican National Convention (Cleveland, July 2016), Democratic National Convention (Philadelphia, July 2016), and AIGA Design Conference (Las Vegas, October 2016)
    • Programming local events throughout the year organized by AIGA chapters and student groups across the country in partnership with League of Women Voters affiliates and other local partners

    Online Voting Registration Proposal

    Senate State and Local Government Committee Chairman Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga) have filed legislation providing for the establishment of an online voter registration system for Tennesseans. Voters with an unexpired driver's license or personal identification card issued by the Department of Safety will be able to go to an official state website where they will be able to register to vote online.

    "In an electronic age, it makes sense to provide electronic registration if we have proper safeguards and validation steps," said Senator Yager. "This legislation provides those assurances to make voter registration more convenient for Tennesseans and hopefully encourages more citizens to participate in the election process."

    Under Senate Bill 1626/House Bill 1742, the voter registration application would be reviewed electronically. If the request is confirmed to be valid, the new registration would be added to the state's voter registration list after being reviewed by the respective county election commission office. The validation step is done by comparing the information on the online registration form against the information provided by the same individual when he or she received a driver's license or their state-issued identification card.

    Read the full Press Release here.

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