Leadership Tennessee Tuesday formally kicks off its “Vote Tennessee” program, a statewide effort to increase voter registration and education.
Vote Tennessee will work with businesses, nonprofits, higher education institutions, and other organizations to encourage the more than 838,000 eligible but unregistered Tennesseans to register and vote. Tennessee currently ranks 40th in the country in voter registration and 44th in voter turnout.
Organizations and groups interested in helping register more Tennesseans and promote a culture of voting may follow this link to join: https://www.votetennessee.org.
“We need to be more civically engaged if we’re going to be the democracy we want to be, and today is an exciting day as we look forward to working with our many partners across the state to make sure Tennesseans are registered, well-informed and exercising their right to vote,” co-chair of the Vote Tennessee Advisory Council and state Rep. Mark White (R-Memphis) said.
“Vote Tennessee” began as Project Register, a nonpartisan initiative launched in 2017 by U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tennessee) and state Sen. Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville) to boost voter registration in Middle Tennessee.
“Leadership Tennessee is committed to collaborative, nonpartisan dialogue, making it the perfect organization to take this project across the state,” co-chair of the Vote Tennessee Advisory Council and Rep. Cooper’s chief of staff Lisa Quigley said. “With more than 250 alumni in its ranks, Leadership Tennessee can tap its vast network to expand Vote Tennessee’s reach and increase the number of Tennesseans registering and voting.”