Election Day is November 6th. Many suggest that this might be the most important election of our time. So, the nerd that I am I thought some statistics might be interesting.
Almost 100 years ago, Tennessee was the 35th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which prohibited the states and federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was adopted on August 18, 1920. So it’s great to see that in the last election more women than men voted in the presidential election in TN and more women than men are registered to vote in Tennessee.
Unfortunately Tennessee ranks 49th in voter turnout and 45th in voter registration. In Tennessee individuals aged 60 to 69 have the highest rate of voter registration and are most likely to vote followed by those 70 and over. Nineteen percentage of Tennessee’s population is 60 and older. Individuals aged 18 to 29 have the lowest registration rate and are the the least likely to vote, followed by those aged 30 to 49.
Education Has An Impact
Those with Bachelor or Advanced degrees register to vote at much higher levels than the average Tennessean, over 80%. They also vote at much higher rates than those with less education. Less than 30% of Tennesseans with who have not completed high school voted in the last election. Twelve percent of Tennesseans aged 25 to 64 did not complete high school.
Voting rates also vary by race. Fifty-eight percent of white eligible voters voted in the last election, followed by 50% of black eligible voters and 22 percent of Hispanic eligible voters.
A Major Shift
If all of the registered voters voted in this election, there could be a major shift both in Washington and in Tennessee. If the same voters who always vote show up at the polls, things could stay as they are. But either way your vote counts so please vote, no excuses.
Early voting has started in Tennessee on October 17th and continues until November 1st. Early voting locations can be found below. It is too late to register at this point but it’s not too late to vote. If you need a ride please let me know and I will be glad to drive you to the polls.
Here are the early voting sites, they all open Monday through Saturday at 8 am, closing times vary by day. We’re five days into early voting and almost 13% of active and inactive voters have turned out in this election.
BELLE MEADE CITY HALL 4705 HARDING PIKE, NASHVILLE, TN 37205
BELLEVUE LIBRARY 720 BAUGH ROAD, NASHVILLE, TN 37221
BORDEAUX LIBRARY 4000 CLARKSVILLE PIKE, NASHVILLE, TN 37218
CASA AZAFRÁN COMM. CENTER 2195 NOLENSVILLE PIKE, NASHVILLE, TN 37211
EDMONDSON PIKE LIBRARY 5501 EDMONDSON PIKE, NASHVILLE, TN 37211
GOODLETTSVILLE COMM. CENTER 200 MEMORIAL DR, GOODLETTSVILLE, TN 37072
GREEN HILLS LIBRARY 3701 BENHAM AVE, NASHVILLE, TN 37215
HERMITAGE LIBRARY 3700 JAMES KAY LANE, HERMITAGE, TN 37076
MADISON STATION FIFTY FORWARD 301 MADISON STREET, MADISON, TN 37115
HOWARD OFFICE BUILDING 700 2ND AVE S, NASHVILLE, TN 37210
SOUTHEAST LIBRARY 5260 HICKORY HOLLOW PKWY, ANTIOCH, TN 37013