Secretary of State guide to Thursday’s elections

A release from Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennesseans will head to the polls across the state Thursday to vote in the Aug. 2 primary.

626,894 Tennesseans voted in person or absentee during the two-week early voting period which ended Saturday, July 28, 2018. A comprehensive breakdown from the Division of Elections shows how this turnout compares to past election years.

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Voters can download the GoVoteTN app, available in the App Store or Google Play, to view voter-specific information. Voters can find polling locations, view and mark sample ballots and much more. The platform is also available at

When polls open and close

Polls open at various times depending on the county. Here is a full list of when all 95 counties open. All polls in Tennessee close at 8 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. CDT.

Being flexible may also help speed up the process. Midmorning and midafternoon are usually slower times at polling locations, while early morning, noon and 5 p.m. are peak times as people typically vote before work, after work or on their lunch breaks.

Voter ID

Tennesseans voting on Election Day should remember to bring valid photo identification with them to the polls. A driver’s license or photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security as well as photo IDs issued by Tennessee state government or the federal government are acceptable even if they are expired. College student IDs are not acceptable.

More information about what types of ID are acceptable can be found here: What ID is required when voting? or by calling toll free 1-877-850-4959.

Election results

Unofficial election results for the Aug. 2 primary will be posted at and these Twitter accounts:

Governor’s race: @tngovelection

U.S. Senat race: @tnussenate

U.S. House races: @tnushouse

Republican state Senate races: @tnsenater

Democratic state Senate races: @tnsenated

Republican state House races: @tnhouser

Democratic state House races: @tnhoused

Republican State Executive Committee races: @tngopsec

Democratic State Executive Committee races: @tndemsec

What not to wear

State law requires polling locations and the area within a 100-foot boundary surrounding each entrance remain campaign-free zones. Tennessee law prohibits the display or distribution of campaign materials and the solicitation of votes for or against any person, party or question on the ballot in these areas.

Voters who have difficulty standing in line

Frail, physically disabled or visibly pregnant voters should tell their polling officials if they are unable to wait in line to vote. The law allows them to move through the process faster.


People with questions or concerns about the voting process can go to or call the Division of Elections toll-free at 1-877-850-4959.

7 Responses to Secretary of State guide to Thursday’s elections

  • James White says:

    Thanks Erik. Good info.

  • Tennessee Jed says:

    Thanks for the info. But how will Stuart know who to vote for? He needs up-to-date polling to tell him who he should vote for.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      He does, and there are none. Have you looked at Real Clear Politics? Constant polling done for state races by prestigious polling organizations, with some for states with less population than Tennessee, but nothing for Tennessee. I’m surprised and I can’t understand why but I’ve certainly learned my lesson for the future – don’t rely on last minute polls for ANYTHING if you live in Tennessee.

      My ANYBODY BUT BOYD strategy involved my voting for whoever had the best chance of defeating centrist Randy! Boyd because my highest priority as a conservative is to do whatever I can so that the most reliable conservative is elected to each office on the ballot. There is no question in my mind that Diane Black as a solid long-time tepid conservative should get my vote on ideological grounds vs. No Record Bill Lee and Tall Grass Dwelling/no chance Beth Harwell. Only if there was a clear indication from objective polling that Lee was the only one who could beat Randy! would he get my vote. Unfortunately, there are no objective late polls in Tennessee so I will simply have to cast my vote for Diane.

      • Tennessee Jed says:

        CALLED IT!!!!

        I knew you wouldn’t vote for Lee despite polling having him in first and Black showing her desperation these final days. You are way too predictable. SAD!

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          I simply don’t have your connections to be privy to these polls. In two years why don’t you tell the rest of us how to get those reliable up to the minute polls. While everyone admits that Lee has come from nowhere, as befits a candidate for governor who politically was nowhere before deciding to try to buy the governorship, to making a too close to call race of it, I have not seen anyone other than a Lee partisan like yourself who is proclaiming Lee ahead outside the margin of error in the late stages of the race.

          A few minutes ago I simply did what I have been telling everyone I was going to do for weeks unless polls showed that Lee was the only one who could beat Randy! outside the margin of error, I voted for Diane Black. I am one of the easiest individuals to predict in all facets of my life. Far from being “SAD” I like it that way and so do my friends and acquaintances in a world filled with uncertainty. Really Jed, I hope you have far more impressive skills and accomplishments at this stage of your life than the ability to predict the voting habits of one of the most predictable individuals around.

          • Tennessee Jed says:

            Not a Lee partisan. Voted for Harwell as stated here before.

            I voted based on who would make the best governor. No compromised morals or backfired plans to keep one guy out. My vote may not “matter.” But in the end, I can sleep easy having not voted for a swamp creature or political nobodies with no experience.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Bill, be careful with all the new friends you will make tonight. Most are swamp dwellers

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