FAQ about Redistricting
Why did we have redistricting?
Redistricting has taken place in all 95 Tennessee counties due to the 2010 federal census. This is a process that takes place every ten years. Wilson County was the fourth fastest growing county in Tennessee. As a result of this tremendous growth the district boundaries have changed.
What is Redistricting?
Redistricting is the redrawing of County Commission, State Senate, State House, US Congress, Constable, School Board and City Ward or District lines to ensure that every citizen is equally represented. Each district now has an approximately equal number of residents according to the 2010 census. Geographically, some districts are larger or smaller than they have been for the past ten years. The population of each district, no matter its geographical size, is relatively equal in population.
How many people are in a County Commission District?
There are approximately 4560 individuals in each County Commission District.
Who determines where the new district lines will be?
The decision makers are the elected officials who have the statutory authority to locate the district lines on census block boundaries.
Tennessee General Assembly
State Senate Districts
State House Districts
Lebanon Special School Board
Wilson County Commission
County Commission Districts
School Board Districts
Road Commission Districts
City Councils/ Commissions
City Council/ Commission Wards and Districts
Wilson County Election Commission
Why has my polling place changed?
Polling places changed in some districts because district lines changed and the old polling place was no longer in the district. Some polling places changed because they were no longer needed to accommodate a district with a more compact geographical configuration. Some polling places changed to provide a more efficient Election Day and to save the taxpayers of Wilson County money.
What if I don’t want to vote at that polling place?
You must vote at your designated polling place on Election Day. However, you may vote at any of the four convenient Early Voting locations in Wilson County during Early Voting. Early Voting is convenient, fast and you avoid the possibility of missing your opportunity to vote on Election Day for any unforeseen reason.
Am I still represented by the Commissioner, School Board Member, and State Representative etc. that were elected in 2008 or 2010 even though I am in a new district now?
When you voted in 2012, you voted at polling places and for candidates based on the redistricted lines. (The County Commission District 2 Vacancy election in 2012 was held on the old District 2 lines). Officials elected in 2010 for a four year term will continue to represent the districts they were elected in until their term is complete. In 2014, candidates for elected office will qualify based on the redistricted lines.
How do I know where to vote or which offices I can vote for?
You should have recieved a BLUE voter registration card in the mail. It is important that you check the card you received for accuracy when you receive it. The BLUE card will have your name and residential address on it. It will also have the County Commission District, County School Board Zone, Constable Zone, State House of Representatives District, State Senate District and U.S.Congressional District you are represented by. If you live in any of the three cities, those will also be printed on your card.
PLEASE CONTACT THE ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT THE ACCURACY OF THE VOTING INFORMATION ON YOUR CARD.
What if I do not receive a BLUE voter registration card?
You may not receive a new Blue voter card if any of these conditions apply to you:
· Your address has changed from the one on your registration
· Your name has changed from the one on your registration
· You have been designated as an “inactive voter” for one of several reasons
· You are NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE
PLEASE CONTACT THE ELECTION COMMISSION OFFICE IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED A BLUE VOTER REGISTRATION CARD AND BELIEVE YOU SHOULD HAVE.
When is the last day I can register to vote and vote in the next scheduled election?
You may register until 30th day before each election at the close of business. Registrations received after the deadline before each election will be processed after the election.
Do I need my new BLUE voter card can I vote at Early Voting or on Election Day?
You do not need your voter card to vote during early voting or on Election Day. YOU MUST HAVE A TENNESSEE STATE OR FEDERALLY ISSUED PHOTO ID TO VOTE. The voter registration card does not exempt you from having a Photo ID to vote. You can vote without a voter registration card but not without a photo ID.