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Voter Registration

Stop by the Voter Registration table in Hodges Library to get registered or to verify your registration. All students will be given a slip of paper to add to their college's paper chain for the campus competition.

For National Voter Registration Week, September 23-27, The Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy, UT Libraries, and the Student Government Association will hold voter registration drives on Pedestrian Walkway, the Student Union Plaza, and in Hodges Library from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This coalition of UT organizations are calling on Vols to use their school spirit and competitive drive to get all  registered to vote.

For National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 24, a representative from the Knox County Election Commission will be at Hodges Library to verify identification, which allows students who are registered to vote in other Tennessee counties to request an absentee ballot.

The Libraries also will host the following workshops in Hodges Library (rm. 209):

  • How to Register (3:40 pm, 5:05 pm, 6:30 pm)
  • How to Vote: (2:45 pm, 4:15 pm, 5:40 pm, 7:05 pm)

Link Together Competition

From Tuesday, September 24 until Monday, October 7, students may participate in a University-wide voter-registration competition. Students may add to a paper chains, located in the Hodges Library galleria, for:

  • registering to vote
  • showing their voter registration card if already registered or
  • confirming their registration with the Knox County election commission to request an absentee ballot.

At the end of the competition, the college with the most links as a percentage of enrollment, will be announced and recognized with a plaque.

On Wednesday, October 9, 2019 all of the chains will be revealed at Rock the Vote, a celebration to be held at the Student Union Plaza. Students can also compete against other universities in Tennessee by posting a photo on social media with #GoVoteTN and #VolsVote and by registering to vote using the online registration portal.

The Libraries also will kick-off its Voter Registration Support initiative by providing assistance with registration forms and voting information during all open hours of Hodges Library.

In 2018, Tennessee ranked 43rd in voter turnout with only 45.7% of eligible voters casting a ballot. At UTK National Voter Registration Week is designed to break down barriers to registration and make sure that all Vols are ready to vote.

Important Voter Registration Deadlines:

Monday, October 7, 2019 – Final day to register to vote in November City Mayoral and City Council election

Monday, February 3, 2020 – Final day to register to vote in Presidential Primaries in Tennessee

Monday, October 5, 2020 – Final day to register to vote in Presidential election

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 10:00am to 8:00pm

John C Hodges Library, Room 209
1015 Volunteer Blvd, Knoxville TN

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Donna Braquet

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