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Five Things Voters Should Know Before Going to Vote May 1


NASHVILLE, TN - Davidson County polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1 for the County Primary and Transit Improvement Program Referendum Election. Davidson County residents who registered by April 2, 2018 are eligible to vote in this election.

Since this is a primary election, voters will be asked to choose their preferred ballot  -  Democratic ballot or Republican ballot  - or they may choose a ballot containing only the Transit Improvement Program Referendum.

The Democratic and Republican ballots contain races for Chancery Court, Criminal Court Judge, Public Defender, County Trustee, General Sessions Judges, Sheriff, Circuit Court Clerk, Criminal Court Clerk, Juvenile Court Clerk, County Clerk and Register of Deeds; Democratic Executive Committeemen and Committeewomen; the Transit Referendum.

Here are five things voters need to know to make their voting experience smoother on May 1:

  1. Polls will be open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. The busiest hours are early morning and end of day.
  2. Review the sample ballots and be prepared to answer the question: “Which ballot do you prefer today?” You may make your selections on a sample ballot and use it as a guide when you go to the machine to vote.
  3. Bring your photo ID. Tennessee law requires all voters to present a Federal or Tennessee State government-issued photo ID, unless an exception applies. Voters do not need to show their voter registration card to vote, but it does make it easier for Poll Officials to locate them in the system.
  4. Know your voting location. There are 160 voting locations across Davidson County, but you must vote at your designated Election Day polling place. Check your voter registration card for your assigned location. Can’t find your card? Go to the online Polling Place Finder and type in your address to find where you vote.
  5. If you are a registered Davidson County voter who has moved within the county but not updated your voter registration information, you should go to your new voting location where you can change your address and vote. You can identify that location with the online Polling Place Finder.

On Election Day, more than 1,500 Poll Officials and Officers will open and staff 160 voting locations across Davidson County. Their day starts well before the polls open at 7 a.m. and does not end until the last vote is cast and all supplies are packed up and returned to the Election Commission office election night.

The sample ballots and other information about elections and voting can be found on the Davidson County Election Commission website at

The Davidson County Election Commission (DCEC) is responsible for providing free and fair elections to every eligible citizen. The Election Commission is regulated by State of Tennessee law and funded by Metro Nashville government. The main office is located at 1417 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217.