ThinkTN in the News: If Tennessee wants to lead, it must invest in working families and civic engagement

The Tennessean (Feb. 13, 2020) — One hundred years ago, Tennessee cast the deciding vote to ratify the 19th Amendment, giving women across the country access to the ballot box for the first time. The move reflected our state’s commitment to civic engagement and put us on the right side of history, but it was not without risk. Many Southern states, and even a significant portion of Tennessee’s own population, opposed the idea of women …

ThinkTN in the News: Flashing Dashboard Lights

Compass (Feb. 13, 2020) — Civic organizations and governments across Tennessee are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the state’s deciding vote to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. But a compilation of measures in a variety of areas shows the state has little to celebrate when it comes to civic engagement in 2020. ThinkTennessee, a nonpartisan think tank, is publishing its fourth annual State of Our State online dashboard today. …

ThinkTennessee Unveils 2020 State of Our State Dashboard

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 13, 2020) – Tennessee’s overall economy is strong, but our state’s working families face financial challenges, and our once-historic leadership on civic engagement needs revitalization, according to the 2020 State of Our State dashboard ThinkTennessee released today. The dashboard shows how Tennessee ranks nationally across 100 different indicators. It provides policymakers and the public with an at-a-glance look at where Tennessee is doing well and highlights areas where progress is still needed. …

ThinkTN in the News: Tennessee voter purging law is confusing, but here’s how it works and how to ensure you can vote in 2020

The Tennessean (Jan. 16, 2020) — Tennessee is not supposed to be purging citizens from the voter rolls anymore just because they skip voting in elections. Secretary of State Trey Hargett confirmed that fact during a live interview I conducted with him on Jan. 6. However, he acknowledged that confusion and misinformation still abound even though the purging law changed in 2017.  Read the full story here.

ThinkTN Releases Report Highlighting Mayors’ Plans to Increase Civic Engagement in 2020

NASHVILLE (January 9, 2020) – Tennessee has consistently trailed most other states in voter registration and turnout, but a new report from ThinkTennessee shows how a group of Tennessee mayors are using the power of their offices to help their communities increase civic engagement. The report, How Local Leaders Can Leverage Their Office to Engage Voters, highlights the progress of Mayors Growing Civic Engagement participants and provides a roadmap for other local leaders who want …