Election Commission at a Glance
|Location||113 Factory Street, Linden, TN 37096|
|P.O.B. 77, Linden, TN 37096|
|Hours||M–F, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.|
|Lunch Closed||12 – 1 p.m.|
|Lunch Closed Early Voting||11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|
There is no more important duty of citizenship than exercising your Right to Vote!
Election Commission: Perry County, Tennessee
The Election Commission is the office that organizes elections in Perry County. These include the County races for Mayor and Commission Members, Courts, Clerks, School Board, Property Assessor, Trustee, Sheriff, Highway, Register of Deeds as well as all statewide and national elections for State Legislative House and Senate Seats, Governor, State Courts, State Supreme Court, Congressional Offices and President of the United States.
County Elections are held on the first Thursday of August. Sharing the August ballot are races for any state and national primaries. General Elections for state and national offices are held on the first Thursday of August.
The State of Tennessee has designed a handy app for your convenience in voting. Download it HERE.
There is no more important responsibility of citizenship than voting! If you are not yet registered to vote, you are welcome to register in person at the Perry County Election Commission Office at 133 Factory Street in Linden. You can also Register to Vote online with the State of Tennessee. Click this link to Register to Vote.
To become a Registered Voter, you must be at least 18 years old at the time of the next election. You MUST NOT have been convicted of a felony unless you have had your voting rights restored if you have been convicted. You must be a United States citizen. You must live in Tennessee. All voter registrations must be complete at least 30 days prior to the upcoming election in order to vote.
To exercise your right to vote at the poll either on Election Day or during early voting you must produce a Tennessee Driver License or a Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Identification or United States Passport or a photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government or US military photo ID or Tennessee handgun carry permit with a photo.
Perry County is governed by a Mayor and a board of County Commissioners. These seats, along with all but the Property Assessor and General Sessions Judge are up for election in August of 2018. The Property Assessor and General Sessions Judge join the Presidential year ballot in 2020.
Running for Office
A run for office begins with picking up an official petition to have your name placed on the ballot. This is available at the Election Commission. You will need to find registered voters within the district you plan to run to sign the petition to get your name on the ballot.
Different positions may have different qualifications such as a minimum age or a certain type of education and have a requirement to obtain different numbers of signatures. The Election Commission can provide you with a list of these requirements. Petitions for the August Ballot become available in March and the absolute deadline to return a petition to the Election Commission Office is NOT LATER THAN NOON on April 5.
How to Vote
Most people enjoy the excitement of voting on the actual election day. Every voter who is voting in person on election day or during early voting MUST present a Tennessee Driver’s License photo id OR a Tennessee Safety and Homeland Security photo id.
Early Voting – Early Voting is done in person at the Election Commission. During Early Voting the Office is open from 9 a.m. until 4 pm Monday – Friday (The Office closes from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for lunch). Early Voting takes place in roughly the last 2 weeks of July prior to the August election and the last 2 weeks of October prior to the November elections. Call the Election Commission for exact dates of Early Voting.
Absentee Voting – Under some circumstances registered voters may request a paper ballot to be mailed to them and is returned to the Election Commission by United States Mail. Absentee ballots may be requested by people over the age of 60, due to illness, due to being away during the election date or if you are in the military. Eligible reasons for requesting an absentee ballot. The first day to request a ballot is 90 days before the election and the last date to request a ballot is 7 days prior to election day. All ballots must be received by the Perry County Election Commission via United States mail not later than the close of the voting polls of the election day.
Who Represents You?
Your Representatives are elected based on the District in which you are registered to vote. Finding your Precinct/Voting Place and the District you are in is easy using the State of Tennessee’s online look-up:
The following link will let you see who represents you in the County Commission:
The following link lets you find your State of Tennessee House and Senate members:
Current Office Holders
County Commissioners: Roger Barber 180 Barber Lane, Linden, 37096
Michael Bell 223 Southwood Drive, Linden, 37096
Ben Carroll 1200 Gilmer Bridge Road, Lobelville, 37097
Jeffery Graves 38 Turnbow Lane, Linden, 37096
Jonathon Hickerson 968 Old Hwy 13 South, Linden, 37096
Eddie Ledbetter 15035 Highway 438 West, Linden, 37096
Chris O’Guinn P O Box 582, Lobelville, 37097
Mary Anne Qualls 232 Deer Creek Lane, Linden, 37096
Blake Skelton 4395 Cedar Creek Road, Linden, 37096
J.B. Trull 149 Barnette Drive, Lobelville, 37097
David Trull 79 Hwy 100, Linden, 37096
Johnny Ward 3423 Cedar Creek Road, Linden, 37096
Sheriff – Nick Weems
Assessor of Property -Garry Horner
Register of Deeds – Patricia Bell
Circuit Court Clerk – Peggy Smotherman
County Clerk – Glenda Leegan General
Sessions Judge – Hon. Katerina Moore
Trustee – George Duncan Road
Superintendent – Robert Dedrick
School Board Martha R. Sharp, Chairperson Linden, TN 37096
Don R. Barnette, Vice Chair Lobelville, TN 37097
Janet Carroll Linden, TN 37096
Jackie Duncan Linden, TN 37096
Rodd Spaid Linden, TN 37096
Phillip Tatum Linden, TN 37096
The Ballot – When are City & County Elections held?
Elections for County Offices and for the Cities of Linden and Lobelville are held in “off-year” cycles. These are the even years when there is no Presidential Election. There are only a few County and City offices elected during the Presidential Years.
Off-Year Ballot: Mayor
Circuit Court Clerk
Register of Deeds
County Commissioners – One Commissioner from each of 6 districts
School Board – One Board Member from Districts 1, 3, 5
City of Lobelville – Mayor City of Lobelville – Aldermen – 2 at-large/citywide
City of Linden – Mayor City of Linden – Aldermen – 1 each from Districts 1, 2, 3
State GOP Committee Man State GOP Committee Woman
State DEM Committee Man State DEM Committee Woman
Presidential Year County / City Ballot:
Property Assessor School Board – Districts 2, 4, 6
City of Lobelville Aldermen – 2 at-large/citywide positions
City of Linden Aldermen – 1 from each district 1, 2, 3
The Presidential year ballots will also have primary and general elections for all national and state offices.
Special Note about Judicial Races: The General Sessions Judge is elected to a 6 year term. The next election will be in 2020.
Linden & Lobelville Election Information
Property Owners in the City of Linden City Limits: If you own property in the City of Linden you may register to vote and exercise your right to vote in all City of Linden elections even it you reside in another location.
A note about Linden Aldermen: Linden has three districts within the City limits. Each district is represented by two Aldermen. They alternate election cycles so that one Alderman is elected in Presidential years and the other in the “mid-term” years.
A Note About Lobelville Aldermen: Lobelville has four Aldermen positions. Each Alderman is elected by the entire city. They alternate election cycles with two Aldermen up for election in the Presidential years and two running for office in the “mid-term” years.