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Early voting is underway in Tennessee

Oct 19, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Early voting gets underway Wednesday in Tennessee and continues through November 3.

Check with your county election commission for local voting times and locations.

Absentee voting and voting by mail are options in some cases. Visit the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office online for the details.

You can also find sample ballots online so you’ll know what to expect when you step into the voting booth.

Remember that you will need to present a federal or state photo ID to vote.

Tennessee Citizen Action

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  Members of his own party are asking Donald Trump to tone down his accusations that next month’s election is rigged against him.

Republican Secretary of State Tre Hargett called a special news conference in Nashville Monday to say he sees no evidence of fraud in Tennessee.

Hargett noted that Tennessee’s voting system is not online so can’t be hacked.

State of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's public rejection of Donald Trump's presidential aspirations has set shock waves through the Tennessee Republican party.

  Two state members of the Republican National Committee have issued a memo to remind party leaders that "all hands on deck" are required to ensure a Trump victory in Tennessee.

Rebecca Ann Burke, a party executive committee member from Franklin says the governor's announcement that he will write in the name of Trump running mate Mike Pence is "disingenuous and confuses voters."


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has named the new boards for Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee Tech.

That ompletes his appointments to six four-year colleges that the Republican has spun out of the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

The governor's appointees at MTSU are Andrew Adams, J.B. Baker, Pete Delay, Darrell Freeman Sr., Joey Jacobs, Chris Karbowiak, Stephen Smith, and Pamela Wright.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The deadline for public comments on an overhaul of teaching standards for social studies has been extended amid an uproar over a proposal to cut out several Tennessee historical events.

The Social Studies Standards Recommendation Committee voted Wednesday to move the deadline from Oct. 28 to Dec. 15.