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.
Redistricting: Demographic Shifts Signify Changes (2021)
To ensure each Tennessean’s vote has the same weight, legislators are required to draw electoral districts with roughly equivalent numbers of people. This one-pager analyzes the latest Census data estimates and population shifts to highlight where legislative districts may need to grow, and where they may need to shrink.
After-Action Report (2021)
Using feedback from the frontline, including input from voters and election administrators, this brief offers a retrospective look at the November 2020 election in Tennessee, highlighting the state’s strengths and shedding light on areas where changes to public policy could streamline the voting process and further secure elections.
IN TENNESSEE (2021)
The Tennessee General Assembly will begin redrawing electoral boundaries for congressional and legislative districts this year. The process, known as redistricting, only occurs every ten years. This three-part brief explains the specifics of how maps are typically drawn and approved in Tennnessee, as well as current and potential opportunities for public engagement.