Administrator of Elections
Office Phone: (423) 542-1822
Fax: (423) 547-1534
116 Holston Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Hours of Operation:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Election Commission is responsible for registering persons to vote; replace lost registration cards; transfer or change registrations. The Election Commission qualifies persons to run for election to an office. The Election Commission is responsible for purging (or removing) persons from the permanent registration records.
Carter County Election Commission:
Junior Stanley (R) – Chairman
Ramon Sanchez-Vinas (D) – Secretary
Teresa Murray-Smith (R)
Diane Wilde (D)
Tom Whitehead (R)
Campaign Finance Rules
Many residents have been calling with questions regarding campaign finance rules and contribution limits. These rules are set by the State of Tennessee and outlined in the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance’s guide booklet titled “Citizen’s Guide to Campaign Finance.” There are several ways citizens may support candidates and multi-candidate committees (PACs) involved in State and Local elections. These activities, however, are subject to the campaign finance law. For example, the law limits the amount of money you may contribute and prohibits certain people and organizations from making contributions. This guide explains how to participate in State and Local elections in compliance with Tennessee law. It is important to note that this guide focuses on political activity in State and Local elections—not Federal elections.
To see the Citizens’ Guide to Campaign Finance please click here: CitizensGuide2021
To see the current campaign contribution limits set by the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance please click here: 2021 and 2022 Campaign Finance Limit Changes
August 4, 2022 County General and State Primary Election
To see a sample ballot of the upcoming August 4, 2022, County General and State Primary Election please click here: August 4 2022 Sample Ballot
Carter County Voter Information Handbook
For more information on the elections, offices on the ballot, voting procedures, and other election information, please check out our new Voter Information Handbook here: 2022 Carter County Voter Information Handbook
There will be three elections held in 2022.
The Party Primary for state judicial offices and applicable county offices will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.
The General Elections for state judicial offices and applicable county offices will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2022, along with the Party Primary elections for Governor, U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Senate (odd numbered districts) and the Tennessee House of Representatives.
The General Election for Governor, U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Senate (odd numbered districts) and the Tennessee House of Representatives will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.
Redistricting Questions? Check here.
We have been getting a lot of questions regarding the redistricting process and what changes took place as part of that process. The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has now launched a new online tool which will allow residents to see how the 2021-2022 redistricting process has impacted them through a simple address search.
The new dashboard includes updated legislative district information for County Commissions, the State House, State Senate, and the U.S. Congress. Voting precinct and other information is also included for certain localities. Some information, including voting precincts, may be updated as it is adjusted or becomes available.
The decennial redistricting process, which was completed at the state and local level in 2021 and 2022, has impacted more than 2.5 million addresses in Tennessee.
To use the new Tennessee District Lookup dashboard please visit https://tnmap.tn.gov/voterlookup/ and enter your address in the box at the top left corner of the webpage. Once your address is selected you will see both your new and prior district assignments.
Are you registered to vote? It’s easy!
You can now register to vote online in the State of Tennessee. All you need to register online is a drivers license or identification issued by the Department of Safety. CLICK HERE to visit GoVoteTN.com and get signed up today. You can also use the website to check your registration status or update your name or address information. #GoVoteTN
You can also register in person at the Carter County Election Commission Office or print out a registration form from this website and either mail it to the Election Commission or drop it off in person.
To download the registration form click here: Voter Registration Form
Where do college students register to vote?
For students who attend a college or university not in their home county knowing where to register to vote can be confusing. Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding registrations for college students can be found here: College Student Registration FAQs
Restoration of Voting Rights
Some individuals previously convicted of a felony are eligible to have their voting rights restored. To see a copy of the form which needs to be filed to have voting rights restore please click here: Certificate of Restoration of Rights
PHOTO ID Requirement
Federal or Tennessee Sate government issued photo ID is now required to vote, unless an exemption applies. College student IDs, photo IDs issued by other states, county or city governments, including library cards, will not be accepted. To learn more about the new law and its exceptions, please call the Carter County Election Commission at 423-542-1822 or visit GoVoteTN.com.
Voters who vote absentee by mail, residents of licensed nursing homes, assisted living centers, or those hospitalized are exempt.
Qualifications for Elected Office in Tennessee
State law sets for a variety of qualifications to hold an elected office in Tennessee. Some provisions are general and apply to any elected office while some elected offices have qualifications specific to that office. To see the list of qualifications please click here: Qualifications for Office
Absentee Voting By Mail
If you wish to vote by mail, you must meet certain legal requirements pursuant to T.C.A. 2-6-201. You must request a ballot in writing over your signature. The request can be made as much 90 days in advance of an election and not later than 7 days prior to an election.
Requests for absentee ballots must be in writing and signed by the voter. Requests can be hand delivered or mailed to the Carter County Election Commission. You may call and we will send you a request by mail as well.
A first-time mail-registered voter can satisfy the ID requirements by submitting a copy of their ID when they mail in their absentee by-mail ballot.
You may print this form and submit it to the Carter County Election Commission to request your Absentee Ballot for the August 4, 2022 election: Request for Absentee Ballot 8-4-2022
THE REQUEST FOR VOTING BY MAIL CAN SERVE AS THE APPLICATION FOR BALLOT IF IT CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
♦ The voter’s name;
♦ The voter’s address in Carter County;
♦ The voter’s date of birth;
♦ The voter’s social security number;
♦ The address to mail the ballot;
♦ The election in which the voter wishes to vote (including party preference if the election is a primary); and
♦ The reason the voter is requesting to vote by mail;
♦ The request MUST BE SIGNED BY THE VOTER.
If the request does not contain all the information listed above, the Election Commission staff shall send the voter an application for an absentee ballot in order to obtain the needed information.
You can vote absentee by-mail if you fall under one of the following categories:
♦ You will be outside the county where you are registered during the early voting period and all day on Election Day.
♦ You or your spouse are a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county where you are registered.
♦ You are on the permanent absentee list (see question 4 below).
♦ You reside in a nursing home, assisted living facility or home for the aged outside your county of residence.
♦ You will be unable to vote in-person due to jury duty.
♦ You are sixty (60) years of age or older.
♦ You have a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place.
♦ You are hospitalized, ill or physically disabled and unable to appear at your polling place to vote;
♦ You are the caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled.
♦ You are a candidate for office in the election.
♦ You serve as an Election Day official or as a member or employee of the election commission.
♦ You are observing a religious holiday that prevents you from voting in person during the early voting period and on Election Day.
♦ You or your spouse possess a valid commercial drivers license (CDL) or Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card and you will be working outside the state or county of registration during the open hours of early voting and Election Day and have no specific out-of-county or out-of-state address to which mail may be sent or received during such time.
♦ You are a member of the military or are an overseas citizen.
♦ You are hospitalized, ill or physically disabled and unable to appear at your polling place to vote (this includes persons who have underlying medical or health conditions which in their determination render them more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 or at greater risk should they contract it). For a list of underlying health conditions that makes a person more susceptible, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html. A physician’s statement is not required to check this box.
♦ You are the caretaker of a hospitalized, ill or physically disabled person (this includes voters who care for or reside with persons who have underlying medical or health conditions which in their determination render them more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 or at greater risk should they contract it). For a list of underlying health conditions that makes a person more susceptible, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html. A physician’s statement is not required to check this box.
Instructions for military and overseas voters in Tennessee can be found at:
Cast your vote in honor of a veteran or service member!
“The Honor Vote program lets Tennesseans dedicate their vote to those who are serving or have served our country. The men and women of the U.S. military ensure our freedom and democracy, allowing us to cast a ballot each Election Day.”
– Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett
To find out more about the Honor Vote Program CLICK HERE.