Empowering Voters

Tennessee was once a leader in civic engagement, but today our state has fallen behind. Our voter registration and turnout rates are some of the lowest in the nation, and our election systems could be upgraded. Many Tennesseans report they feel disconnected from civic life and unsure about how to weigh in on decisions that affect them.

Ensuring All Voices are Heard

We know secure, modern election systems save taxpayer dollars and protect our elections from outside interference. And streamlined voting processes help ensure all voices are heard, which allow our elected leaders to better reflect the entire community they serve.

Moving Tennessee Forward

To move Tennessee forward, ThinkTennessee is focused on these evidence-based solutions:

  • Ensuring Tennessee voters can register and vote using modern systems that reflect best practices.
  • Working toward an open and fair redistricting process that better engages the public.
  • Empowering Tennessee communities to get involved in the redistricting process.
  • Restoring voting rights to many of the 420,000 Tennesseans who today are barred from voting because of a past felony conviction.
  • Supporting local leaders in their work to make civic engagement a priority.

Research

voting during a pandemic oct 2020 - Think Tennessee

Voting During the Pandemic: How Tennessee Elections are Adapting to Covid-19 (October 2020)

Tennessee voters casting ballots in person saw a number of enhanced safety measures at polling places, and more Tennesseans were eligible to cast absentee ballots. This brief highlights the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on Tennessee elections in 2020.

voting during a pandemic may 2020 - Think Tennessee

Voting During the Pandemic: Temporarily Expanding Absentee Voting Will Protect Tennessee Voters (May 2020)

The Covid-19 pandemic altered the way states administer elections, with many waiving excuses to vote absentee. This brief advocates for Tennessee lawmakers to similarly call Covid-19 as a valid excuse for voters to vote absentee in 2020.

State of our State Rights Restoration - Think Tennessee

State of Our State: Rights Restoration (2019)

Developed in partnership with Americans for Prosperity and Project Return, this policy brief addresses the state of rights restoration in Tennessee—which bars a higher rate of people with felony convictions from voting than nearly any other state.