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), …

ThinkTN in the News: Activists And Lawmakers Push To Restore Felony Voting Rights In Tennessee

WPLN Public Radio (July 18, 2019) — There’s a new push to restore voting rights to felons in Tennessee. Several states, including Florida and New York, have recently expanded enfranchisement to convicted felons. Local politicians and activists say felon enfranchisement is an especially important issue in Tennessee. More than 420,000 voting-age individuals in Tennessee have been barred from voting because of a felony conviction, according to a report by Think Tennessee. The state has the …

ThinkTN in the News: A look at a landmark Supreme Court case with Tennessee ties and gerrymandering

Grand Divisions Podcast — On this episode, we revisit Baker v. Carr, the landmark 1962 case that led to a “reapportionment revolution” while ensuring minorities had equal representation in state legislatures across the country. Later, we chat with Shanna Hughey, president of ThinkTennessee, a Nashville-based nonpartisan think tank about gerrymandering. And as usual, we discuss the latest news of the week, including Rep. Gloria Johnson’s plans to file a resolution during the upcoming special session …