ThinkTN in the News: Mayors Joining Civic Engagement Project

(Aug. 9, 2019) — Mayors who are taking part in our Mayors Growing Civic Engagement project are being recognized across the state. Read about Kingsport Mayor Pat Shull and former mayor John Clark here. Read about Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke here.

ThinkTN in the News: How a bipartisan group of Tennessee mayors is working to make the state a great civic leader again

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 …

ThinkTN in the News: Williamson County and Franklin mayors join civic engagement project

Brentwood Homepage (July 31, 2019) — Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson and Franklin Mayor Ken Moore are both joining an effort to increase civic engagement with nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee. According to a release from ThinkTennessee, the state “once led the way on civic engagement,” but today voter turnout in the state is almost always near the bottom of the pack — in 2014 the state came in last in voter turnout and in 2016, …

ThinkTennessee Launches Mayors Growing Civic Engagement Project

NASHVILLE (July 31, 2019) – Tennesseans once led the way on civic engagement, but today our citizens vote far less regularly than most Americans. Voter turnout in Tennessee consistently ranks near the bottom of the nation — #50 in 2014 and #49 in 2016. When it comes to local elections, turnout is particularly low. Fewer than 25% of eligible voters participated in recent local elections in the state’s four largest cities: Memphis (21.9% in 2015), …