Making Democracy Work

Elections

Who is on the ballot in the next Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee or national election? How can you learn more about the candidates? How do you register to vote? See the links below for information on these topics and more related to elections.

Local Candidate Forums

FORUMS RELATED TO THE NOVEMBER 8th ELECTION:

The following public forums are being re-broadcast on community TV and are also available for web streaming:

Smyrna Town Council Candidate Forum

Thursday, October 13, 6:30 PM, Smyrna Town Hall

All 7 candidates for 3 available seats participated

View at townofsmyrna.org

La Vergne Alderman Candidate Forum

Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 PM, La Vergne City Hall

All 4 candidates for 2 available seats participated

View on the City of La Vergne's YouTube channel

Legislative Candidate Forums

We have offered several possible dates to the candidates in the legislative races. Per our forum policy (shown in full below) based on FCC rules, we cannot hold a forum unless the majority of candidates for a given race agree to participate. In the case of these legislative races, of course this means both candidates must agree to participate.

As of 9/22/2016, these are the candidates who have responded to our calls or emails:

TN Senate, 14th District

Gayle Jordan - has confirmed availability for all dates

Jim Tracy - has expressed interest but not confirmed availability for any specific date

TN House, 34th District

Laura Bohling - has confirmed availability for all dates

TN House, 37th District

Becky Goff - has confirmed availability for all dates

TN House, 48th District

Justin Miller - has confirmed availability for all dates

Bryan Terry - has expressed interest but not confirmed availability for any specific date

TN House, 49th District

Brandon Thomas - has confirmed availability for one date and expressed interest in others

Mike Sparks - has expressed interest and confirmed he was unavailable on all the dates we considered

This Murfreesboro Post article by Sam Stockard explores the situation in more depth.

FORUM POLICY

As part of our commitment to voter service, the League attempts to schedule candidate forums for most contested races in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. In order to assure impartiality and comply with FCC rules for televised events, a majority of candidates must agree to participate in order for the League to go forward with a forum.

We regret it anytime that any candidate is unable to participate, as we are strong, nonpartisan advocates for the voter education that these forums encourage. However, working out the logistics of candidate availability, League volunteer availability, and the availability of municipality staff and resources realistically limits the dates and times we can consider.

Voter Information

See a sample ballot, get early voting information, and more at http://election.rutherfordcountytn.gov/2016-election.htm

Vote411.org Vote411.org is a site to find the facts about voting, to look up your state and US districts, and to find your polling place and local districts based on the Tennessee voter registration database.

Do you want to find your state legislators?

You can also find your state senator or representative here

We post local election information closer to election time. You can also check with the Rutherford County Election Commission for more about early voting dates, polling locations, and more.

Young voters age 18-24 should check out MyFirstVoteTN.org. This site has helpful information and short videos to answer many common questions, including how to register, how to find your polling place, how to decide who to vote for, and even WHY you should vote.

Register to Vote

Are you registered to vote? Do you want to change your party, your address, your name?

Check your TN voting status here

Photo ID Requirements

Check the Photo ID Requirements before you go to the polls.