The next election in Hawkins County will be the March 1, 2016 Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) and the Republican and Democratic Primaries. Offices on the County Primary ballot will be Assessor of Property, County Commission 6th District (to fill a vacancy) Constable 7th District (to fill a vacancy), and Circuit Court Judge, Part III, for the Third Judicial District (to fill a vacancy). Winners in each party’s primary and any independent candidates who qualify will face off on the August 4, 2016 Hawkins County General Election Ballot. NOTE: Due to the timing of the 6th District Co. Commission vacancy, the qualifying deadline is Noon, January 6, 2016.
DEADLINES TO REGISTER AND CHANGE ADDRESS
The registration deadline for the March 1 election is February 1! 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.
ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS
Beginning December 2, 2015, and through February 23, 2016, requests for absentee ballots will be processed for the March 1, 2016 election. More information can be found below under “Frequent Questions”.
NOMINATING PETITIONS FOR AUGUST 4, 2016 ELECTION
January 8, 2016, is the first day that nominating petition for the August 4 State Primary and County General election for non-partisan school board seats can be issued. School board seats in Districts 1, 2, and 5 will be on the ballot. The qualifying deadline for the August 4 ballot is noon, April 7.
Below are frequently-asked questions which have been answered here. You are encouraged to also check out the following link http://sos.tn.gov/elections/voter-information for other valuable information.
Q: Am I qualified to register to vote?
Q: How long must I be a resident to be eligible to register to vote?
Q: Where is your office located and what hours are you open?
Q: What is my District and Precinct, and where do I vote?
Q: What is the status of my registration?
Q: How do I get an absentee ballot?
The letter must include the following information:
Q: Why must I state a reason to get an absentee ballot?
Q: When can I request a ballot and when does the ballot request have to arrive at the Election Commission office?
Q: Do I have to declare a party?
Q: How do I get a replacement voter registration card?
Include the following information:
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?
Q: How may I apply to be an Election Day poll worker?
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Hawkins County Election Commission
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.
See Local Government calendar for important dates and holiday closings.
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