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Our Rich Heritage and History Today Hawkins County has a population of over fifty thousand. Church Hill is the largest city, followed by Rogersville, Mount Carmel, Surgoinsville, and Bulls Gap.

The Hawkins County school system supports
twelve elementary schools, three middle schools,
three high schools, and an enrichment center.
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Enjoy an Outing in Our Parks Laurel Run Park, set stunningly along the placid Holston River, is operated by Hawkins County as a municipal park.

This beautiful park includes river-access, a mountain creek, playground equipment, tennis courts, softball and baseball fields, and more.

The park is open year round. Picnic shelters are available for reservation.   Learn More >>
A Good Mix of Industry and Agriculture Hawkins County is a great place for industry and farming. The education of our workforce is as fertile as our rolling farmlands.
Discover Hawkins Counties fine area public schools, colleges & universities, and major institutions.

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Do You Have An Emergency Plan? Your family's safety depends on preparing for the unexpected.

Check out our Emergency Management Agency Preparedness section to help develop your plan.

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November 8, 2016 Election

Vote early to avoid long lines!  Heavy voter turnout is expected for the November 8 election. Remember, too, voters age 60 and over may request an absentee ballot based solely on their age.  The last day an absentee ballot request can be processed is November 1 – allow extra time for mail delays!

Early voting by personal appearance will be Wednesday, October 19, 2016, through Thursday, November 3, 2016.

All voters are eligible to vote early by personal appearance unless an absentee ballot has been requested.  You may vote early either at the Election Commission early voting location, 1st floor of the original Courthouse, in Rogersville, or the Church Hill Satellite office located in the Clay Masonic Lodge, 111 Hamilton Street, Church Hill.


Monday – Friday, 9 am – 6 pm; the Saturdays of October 22 and 29, from 8 am – 12 pm.  The last weekday of early voting, Thursday, November 3, polls will remain open until 8 pm.


Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm; the Saturdays of October 22 and 29, from 8 am – 12 pm.  The last weekday of early voting, Thursday, November 3, polls will remain open until 8 pm.



Note:  If you are a member of the military, a military spouse, or a U.S. citizen living abroad, please Click Here

Voters 60 years or older may qualify to vote absentee based on age alone.  Any voter who wishes to vote an absentee ballot by-mail may request an Application for Absentee Ballot, or make the request in writing by including:

1.    their name (as registered)

2.    social security number

3.    date of birth

4.    residence (911) address

5.    mailing address (if different from residence address)

6.    the election(s) in which they wish to vote

7.    the reason they are requesting to vote an absentee ballot, and

8.    the voter’s signature

E-mailed requests must contain the voter’s scanned signature.  The written or e-mailed request must be received no later than Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  Written requests must be mailed to the Hawkins County Election Commission, 110 East Main Street, Room 301, Rogersville, TN  37857.

(Note – If you have registered by mail and have not presented a valid photo ID at the election office, you must vote in person the first election in which you vote after registering.)

The registration deadline for the November 8 election is October 11!  If you have moved or changed your name since the last time you voted, download and complete a voter registration application to make your changes now.  Otherwise, you will experience delays at the polls.  Changes must be made in the system no later than five days before Election Day.  

Beginning August 10, 2016, and through November 1, 2016, requests for absentee ballots will be processed for the November 8, 2016 election.  More information can be found below under “Frequent Questions”.

Frequent Questions:

Below are frequently-asked questions which have been answered here.  You are encouraged to also check out the following link for other valuable information.

Q: Am I qualified to register to vote?
You must be a U.S. citizen, eighteen (18) years of age on or before election day and a resident of the county. You must show proof of identity such as a drivers license, and supply date of birth and Social Security number. You cannot have a felony conviction, or you must show proof of having your rights restored by a court of law.

Q: How long must I be a resident to be eligible to register to vote?
You are eligible to register to vote as soon as you establish a residence in the county.

Q: Where is your office located and what hours are you open?
Hawkins County Election Commission
110 E. Main Street, Suite 301 (2nd floor)
Rogersville, TN 37857
Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M., Monday - Friday

Q: What is my District and Precinct, and where do I vote?
This information will be found on your Voter I.D. card (PR-3). If you have misplaced your card, call (423) 272-8061 and provide your address. The district and voting location will then be given to you.

Q: What is the status of my registration?
A: Call (423) 272-8061, or go to the following website to find the status of your voter registration. Click Here

Q: How do I get an absentee ballot?
Mail, fax, or email a letter (E-mails and faxes must contain the voter’s scanned signature.)
110 E. Main Street, Suite 301
Rogersville, TN 37857

The letter must include the following information:

  • Voter's name as it appears on the registration
  • Voter's address as it appears on the registration
  • Social security number
  • Date of birth
  • Election voter wants to vote in
  • Reason voter is requesting an absentee ballot.  Anyone age 60 or over may request an absentee ballot based on age alone.
  • Address where ballot is to be mailed
  • Voter's signature.  (E-mails and faxes must contain the voter’s scanned signature.)

Q: Why must I state a reason to get an absentee ballot?
It is State Law that a reason be provided in a request for an absentee ballot.

Q: When can I request a ballot and when does the ballot request have to arrive at the Election Commission office?
Written requests will be accepted no earlier than 90 days prior to an election and no less than 7 days before the election.

Q: Do I have to declare a party?
It is only necessary to declare a political party when you vote in a Republican/Democratic primary.

Q: How do I get a replacement voter registration card?
You can request a replacement card in writing. Send your request to:
110 E. Main Street, Suite 301
Rogersville, TN 37857

Include the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Signature

You may also request the replacement card in person at any of the normal registration centers. If requesting the replacement card in person, you must have a driver's license or other documentation with a verifiable address.

Q: I have recently moved. How do I update my address with the Hawkins County Election Commission?
In order to update your address, please complete and follow the instructions on the Mail-In Application for Voter Registration Form which is downloadable from this site.

Q: How may I apply to be an Election Day poll worker?
A:  You must be a registered voter and a resident of Hawkins County.  You may notify our office by mail or drop off a note to let us know you are interested.  Specify whether you are affiliated with the Republican or Democratic party, provide your current address, and a telephone number.  The Republican Election Commissioners will pick their workers, and the Democratic Election Commissioners will pick theirs.  Attendance at an election school is required, and you will sign an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws of the State of Tennessee and the United States and impartially discharge the duties of the office.

Q:  Do I have to be 18-years old to work as a poll worker?
A:  No, but you do have to be at least 17 years of age.  Of course, you will not have established a voting history showing a party affiliation.  Please advise for which party you would like to work.  We strongly encourage our young people to be involved!

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Please print out form, complete in ink, and mail to:

Hawkins County Election Commission
110 East Main Street, Room 301
Rogersville, TN 37857

Qualifications for elected office

The Hawkins County Election Commission is committed to upholding the election laws of the State of Tennessee and protecting the integrity of the election process.

The Hawkins County Election Commission conducts all city, county, state and federal elections for Hawkins County, following the election laws of the State of Tennessee.

The Election Commission oversees voter registration, candidate qualifications, petitions for offices, legal notices, early voting, and election day voting.

Election Commission:


Office Hours:


Joyce Simon, Chairman
Teresa Greer, Secretary
Ralph Trent, Member
Judy Woods Trent, Member
Nancy Heck, Member

Vickie Wallen Turner, Deputy
Crystal Rogers, Deputy

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday
Hawkins County Election Commission
110 E. Main Street - Suite 301
Rogersville, TN 37857
Phone: 423-272-8061
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Hawkins County is Located in the:
1st Congressional District 9th State House of Representative District 8th State Senatorial District 3rd Judicial District