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Election 2019

Nashville voters will make selections this summer in the contests for mayor, vice mayor, and all 40 seats on the Metro Council, as well as two proposed amendments to the Metro Charter. Early voting runs from July 12 through July 27, with Election Day on Aug. 1.

For additional information about the ballot and polling places, visit Nashville.gov/vote.
This page captures ongoing WPLN coverage. Stories of note include interviews with the leading mayoral candidates:

Chas Sisk / WPLN

The runoff for Nashville mayor kicked into higher gear over the weekend, as incumbent David Briley and Metro Councilman John Cooper went head-to-head for the first time.

At a far-ranging debate organized by the faith group Nashville Organized for Action and Hope, or NOAH, the two battled over the direction of the city — and which candidate had shown a commitment to addressing its problems.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Before Councilman John Cooper ran for mayor of Nashville, he was a perennial thorn in the side of Metro government, giving a hard no to a number of the city’s high-profile development plans and openly criticizing many Metro agencies.

It turns out all that naysaying resonated with the voters.

Cooper came out ahead of incumbent Mayor David Briley in 85% of the city’s precincts, according to voter analysis by WPLN. Cooper’s success was, in part, his ability to channel residents’ frustration with the state of neighborhoods.

Nashville runoff election candidates
Staff / WPLN

Metro Councilman John Cooper enters the runoff for mayor as the early favorite to unseat incumbent David Briley. Cooper seized a 10-point lead in the first round of voting, but the next six weeks leading up to election day on Sept. 12 will be crucial to both candidates.

Nashville Metro Council
File photo / WPLN

Of the Metro Council’s 35 district seats, more than a dozen will have fresh faces after Thursday’s election.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Metro Councilman John Cooper dealt a surprising blow to Mayor David Briley's bid for a full term, seizing a 10-point lead in the first round of voting.

Cooper won 35% of the vote with  all precincts reporting. Briley received about 25% of the vote, setting up a head-to-head runoff between the two candidates.

Nashville Election Results Live Blog

Aug 1, 2019
Nashville election campaign sign
Sergio Martinez-Beltran / WPLN

Nashville voters are making key leadership decisions in today’s Metro General Election. Follow along for updates on the results, dispatches from WPLN reporters in the field, and comments from the mayoral candidates.

Nashville voting machines
Davidson County Election Commission

Some Nashville voters have been surprised to find brand-new voting machines at the polls this year, and there were a few hiccups in their first days of use during early voting.

But election officials say additional training for pollworkers should make for a smooth Election Day on Thursday. 

I VOTED sticker
File photo / WPLN

In addition to choosing the mayor and numerous council members this week, Nashville voters will also decide on two Metro Charter amendments.

Nashville mayoral forum
Blake Farmer / WPLN

Still undecided or feeling uninformed before Election Day on Thursday? Well, there’s plenty of reading (and listening and viewing) material available for your next 72 hours.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

Nashville early voting concluded with a big turnout Saturday, capping a strong finish to what began as a surprisingly slow start.