A special election has been called by Governor Haslam to elect a state senator to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of State Senator Mae Beavers. The Primary election will be on November 7 and the General election will be held on December 19. Both elections will be held in all of the six counties making up the 17th State Senate District: Wilson, Cannon, Dekalb, Smith, Clay and Macon.
Tennessee law requires a special election be called by the Governor to replace a vacant senate seat if the vacancy occurs twelve months or more before the next state general election. The next regular state general election will be fourteen months away. The Governor sets the dates for the primary and general special elections by issuing a writ of election within 20 days of the vacancy being created.
The Republican and Democratic Primary Election on November 7th will determine the Party nominees that will be on the General Election ballot. The winner of the General Election on December 19 will serve the remainder of the unexpired State Senate term which ends in 2018.
Candidates for the special election may pick up petitions beginning on September 8, 2017. The Qualifying deadline will be at Noon on September 28.
Although this is termed a Special Election, election preparation and voting will be the same as for any regular election in Wilson County. There will be Early Voting for both elections and all 31 precincts will be open on Election Day. Early Voting times and locations will be set by the Wilson County Election Commission.
For those Wilson County residents not registered to vote, the last day to register to vote in the Primary Election will be October 10. With the introduction of online voter registration, registering or changing an address is easier than ever before. The process only takes a few minutes. If you’ve never registered before or you have recently moved and you need to update your registration, the online system takes care of it quickly and easily. To take advantage of registering online go to www.WilsonVotes.com and click on the Online Voter Registration link. Paper forms are also available to download on our website, to complete at the Election Commission office and are found at most government offices.
The Special Election calendar will be added to the 2018 Election Calendar posted on the Wilson County Election Commission website, www.WilsonVotes.com. The calendar includes all the pertinent dates and deadlines associated with the Primary and General Special Election.
To learn more about this special election, voting and how you can be involved with Wilson County elections contact the Wilson County Election Commission at 615-444-0216 or online at www.Wilsonelections.com.