On Aug. 1, Davidson County voters will decide the next mayor, vice mayor and five at large Metro Nashville Council seats as well as seven Metro Nashville Council district seats in Southwest Nashville. Residents will also vote on two Metro Nashville charter amendments.
Community Impact Newspaper has compiled a list of the candidates who will appear on ballots in Southwest Nashville, as well as polling locations, dates to know, information about new voting machines in place and more. See inside for a full guide to the election.
Dates to know
• First day of early voting: July 12
• Last day to request an absentee ballot: July 25
• Last day of early voting: July 27
• Election day: Aug. 1
What to bring
Tennessee voters are required to present one of six specific forms of photo identification before they may cast their ballots.
Voters must present one of the following forms of ID to vote:
• Tennessee driver’s license
• Tennessee personal ID card
• Tennessee License to carry a handgun
• U.S. citizenship certificate with photo
• U.S. military ID with photo
• U.S. passport
Voters who cannot obtain one of the six acceptable forms of photo ID due to a reasonable impediment may present a supporting form of identification and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.
Supporting forms of ID that can be presented for voters with a reasonable impediment are:
• Valid voter registration certificate
• Original certified birth certificate
• Copy of or original current utility bill
• Copy of or original bank statement
• Copy of or original government check
• Copy of or original paycheck
• Copy of or original government document with voter’s name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)
Early voting and Election Day polling locations
During the early voting period, which begins July 12 and ends July 27, polls are open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Wed. and Sat.), 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Mon. and Fri.) and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (Tue. and Thurs.).
During the first week of early voting, voters can only cast their ballots at the Howard Office Building. Unlike on Election Day, when voters must visit their designated precinct, residents can cast a ballot at any of the following 11 locations beginning Friday, July 19:
• Belle Meade City Hall – 4705 Harding Pike, Nashville
• Bellevue Library – 720 Baugh Road, Nashville
• Bordeaux Library – 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville
• Casa Azafrán Community Center – 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville
• Edmondson Pike Library – 5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville
• Goodlettsville Community Center – 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville
• Green Hills Library – 3701 Benham Ave., Nashville
• Hermitage Library – 3700 James Kay Lane, Hermitage
• Howard Office Building – 700 2nd Ave. S., Nashville
• Madison Library – 610 Gallatin Pike, Madison
• Southeast Library – 5260 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Antioch
On Election Day, more than 1,500 Poll Officials will staff 160 voting locations across Davidson County, including 25 in Southwest Nashville. Registered voters must vote at their designated location on Election Day.
See the map below for a full list of early voting and Election Day polling locations.
New voting machines
The Davidson County Election Commission will implement new voting machines that produce a voter-verified paper audit trail in the Aug. 1 election.
Once at the machine, voters mark their selections on touch screens with a ballot-marking device, which will then produce their choices on a paper ballot. After verification by the voter, the paper ballot will be inserted into a scanner, where the vote will be cast.
In a news release, Davidson County Election Administrator Jeff Roberts said he anticipates a smooth transition to the new system, adding the former voting machines had been in use for more than 12 years and reached “the end of useful life.”
“After evaluating functionality, security, cost and ease of use, we concluded [the new equipment] is the best choice for ensuring election integrity and enabling secure, accessible, and accurate methods for casting and counting votes,” Roberts said.
How to use
1. Insert paper ballot
Once at the voting machine, each person will insert a blank ballot provided by an on-site poll official.
2. Make selections
Voters will make their selections for each elected office by using the touch screen on the voting machine.
3. Review the choices and make changes, if necessary.
Once finished, select “print” and remove the ballot. It is recommended that voters review the marked paper ballot before moving on to the final step.
4. Submit ballot
Before leaving the machine, voters will insert the marked paper ballot into the scanner to cast their vote.
The Aug. 1 ballot includes candidates for mayor, vice mayor, at large council member and district council member.
The mayor of Nashville is a nonpartisan role that oversees the government of Nashville and Davidson County.
Ten candidates are running for Nashville mayor this year, including incumbent Mayor David Briley, who was elected mayor in the 2018 special mayoral election. Should Briley win this year’s election, he will remain Metro Nashville’s eighth mayor and would be eligible to run for a second term in the next general election.
The vice mayor, whose chief job is to oversee the Metro Nashville council, will serve until the position is up for re-election in 2023. Davidson County voters elected incumbent candidate Jim Shulman in a special election in September 2018.
Robert Sawyers Sr.
At large council members
Of the 40 Metro Nashville council seats, five at large council members are elected to serve residents countywide. Six of the 15 candidates running for the five open at large council seats are both returning at large council members and district council members, including Burkley Allen, Fabian Bedne, Steve Glover, Sharon Hurt, Bob Mendes and Sheri Weiner.
All members of Metro Nashville council, both at large and district council members, are allowed to serve two four-year terms.
Gary W. Moore
District council members
District council members are elected to represent each one of Metro Nashville’s 35 council districts. According to the Metro Nashville Charter, district boundaries are determined by population based on census statistics. Of the seven district council seats up for election in Southwest Nashville, all but District 18 include incumbent candidates.
District 17 – 12 South, Berry Hill, Edgehill and Wedgewood-Houston
District 18 – Hillsboro Village and Midtown
District 19 – The Gulch
District 23 – West Meade
District 24 – Richland, Sylvan Park and West End
District 25 – Green Hills
District 34 – Green Hills, Forest Hills and Oak Hill
**denotes current district council member
Registered voters in Davidson County will vote on two proposed amendments to the
Metro Nashville charter
The first of two approved amendments would require the mayor to provide additional budget details each year. It also tasks the mayor in providing the city’s total debt amount as well as the debt comparison of the previous year and a calculation of debt per capita.
The second measure would bring Metro Nashville into compliance with a state law that requires the city to fill any vacancy on the Metro Nashville Public School board. Previously, school board vacancies could be filled by the remaining members of the board.
Should a candidate on one or more races not receive more than 50% of the vote, a runoff election will be held between the top two candidates on Sept. 12. Early voting for the runoff election would be held Aug. 23-Sept. 5.