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The Tennessean (Aug. 2, 2019) — The statistics are grim.

Tennessee ranks at the bottom when it comes to voter turnout (No. 49) and voter registration (No. 45) in statewide elections for federal office. And at the local level, it is often even worse: Fewer than 25% of eligible voters participated in recent local elections in the state’s four largest cities.

As Tennessee mayors, we understand that local civic engagement – Tennesseans registering to vote and going to the polls – is a critical part of ensuring that decisions made at city hall reflect the true needs of our communities. We value every vote as a voice that guides how we serve. But in a state that typically drags its feet on the way to the ballot box, how do we achieve greater civic engagement?

Read the full piece here.

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