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Nashville Election Results Live Blog

Aug 1, 2019
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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. 

Meribah Knight / WPLN

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

polling place
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The American Civil Liberties Union, Rock The Vote, and several other groups filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing the state of Tennessee of violating voter rights.

Sergio Martínez-Beltrán / WPLN

Tennessee volunteer organizations that register people to vote could soon face fines if they turn in too many incomplete forms.

Monday's vote in the House of Representatives puts Tennessee one step closer from being one of the first states to impose criminal penalties on registration drives.

Tre Hargett
Stephen Jerkins / WPLN (File photo)

A new measure in the Tennessee General Assembly would open people or organizations that submit incomplete voter registration forms to fines.

State officials say the bill is a response to a growing number of incomplete voter applications. Opponents contend it's meant as intimidation. 

I VOTED sticker
File photo / WPLN

Some Nashville leaders are pushing for a significant change to local elections after a year in which multiple contests ended up in run-off contests, which take extra time and money to conduct.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Tennessee is the only state in the nation that requires people who have been released from prison to be up-to-date on child support to register to vote.

But, a bill in the state legislature could soon change that. 

Nashville pollworker election voting
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

For the first time, Tennessee Republicans have officially asked to make party affiliation a requirement in order to vote in a primary election.  

The State Executive Committee of the Republican Party has debated closed primaries since at least 2010. But, it never had support from a majority of its members.

Nashville election ballot
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Roughly half of Nashville voters in recent years have been casting their ballots during the two-week early voting period. The convenience of early voting is often cited as a reason. But one place where that’s not an option is in East Nashville.