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GoVoteTN Voter App
(Published: October 16, 2014)

The office of Tennessee Secretary of State is proud to announce the launch of GoVoteTN. The new Tennessee Voter Smartphone App is now available in the Apple Store and in Google Play.

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Scaling New Peaks
(Published: January 10, 2014)

In the Secretary of State's office, the process of evaluating and improving the services we provide is much like trying to reach a new mountain peak. When a peak is reached, the improved perspective from the top allows us to see new possibilities. I am excited about the many challenges our team is preparing to meet as we continue to raise the standard for what Tennesseans can expect from state government. Read More...


Passionate About Purpose – Serving Taxpayers
(Published: March 18, 2013)

Bringing culture change to government can be a tall order. It is exactly what I set out to do when I took office as secretary of state. In the department of state, our dedicated staff is providing a clear example to Tennesseans that government can deliver value to our customers each day. Read More...


Focused on the Taxpayers, Our Customers, Since 2009
(Published: March 28, 2012)

Thanks to the Tennessee General Assembly, I am now well into my fourth year as your Secretary of State.  During a recent visit to Smith County, I had an opportunity to reflect on the transformation of our department as a result of the efforts of my talented team of hard-working employees. Read More...


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Early Voting Begins in Tennessee!
(Published: October 15, 2014)

Early voting for the Nov. 4 election begins today in Tennessee. Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins are encouraging Tennesseans to take advantage of the convenience of early voting, which will continue through Oct. 30.

"With each passing year, early voting seems to increase in popularity," Secretary Hargett said. "Tennesseans enjoy having more flexibility in the days and times when they can go vote. For some Tennesseans, it may not be practical to vote on Election Day. Early voting provides an alternative for those voters."


Secretary of State's Office Unveils New Elections Smartphone App
(Published: October 14, 2014)

The office of Tennessee Secretary of State is proud to announce the launch of GoVoteTN. The new Tennessee Voter Smartphone App is now available in the Apple Store and in Google Play.

"This is another Tennessee voter resource that answers common questions about voting from one's phone," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said, “This resource will give voters more information about the who, what, when, and where of elections. The free app allows you to view voter-specific information when searching by name or address."


Tennessee State Library & Archives Partners with to Provide Free Resources to Schools
(Published: October 7, 2014)

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has been a partner with online genealogy giant for several years, digitizing many of Tennessee’s historical records. Now, according to State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill, that partnership is being extended so that Tennessee will be the first state to offer access to in every K-12 school classroom.

Teachers like Ben Bowers, who teaches history at Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna, are excited. “My students learn best from hands-on experience with historical documents. For example, being able to study an immigrant passenger list, instead of just reading about immigration in their textbook, really brings history to life for them.”


Nearly Two Dozen Colleges Participate in Statewide Voter Registration Drive
(Published: October 1, 2014)

Nearly two dozen colleges across Tennessee partnered with the Secretary of State's office to participate in a monthlong voter registration drive during September. The campaign in honor of National Voter Registration Month resulted in more than 1,000 Tennesseans becoming registered to vote.

Twenty-three colleges - some public, some private, some four-year universities and some community colleges - opened voter registration booths on their campuses at different times throughout the month. Students, faculty members and administrators all participated in the effort. Those assisting people in registering to vote at the booths were given registration forms, voter information guides, banners and copies of the "I'm Registered to Vote. Are You?" signs used in the Secretary of State's social media campaign. (In that campaign, which also occurred during the month of September, people were encouraged to take photos of themselves holding the signs and post them on social media outlets.)


As National Voter Registration Month Comes to an End, Deadline to Register to Vote for the November 4th Election Is October 6th
(Published: September 29, 2014)

People throughout Tennessee have responded to Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s call to voters to participate in promoting National Voter Registration Month during the month of September.

The #GoVoteTN social media campaign has continued to be a very visible part of the state’s effort to remind citizens to register to vote and to encourage friends and neighbors to register.  Its success has been emulated in other states such as Washington, Oregon, and South Dakota.


Half Marathon Could Cause Traffic Issues Around State Library and Archives Saturday
(Published: September 25, 2014)

The Women's Running Half Marathon + 5K will be held along a route that includes downtown Nashville Saturday morning. To accommodate the runners, there will be road closures that could affect patrons trying to visit the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The State Library and Archives will be open during its normal Saturday hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The road closures will affect various parts of the half marathon route between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more information about the road closures, go to:


State Library and Archives' Next Workshop: "Creating Order in the Midst of Chaos: Union Provost Marshal Records"
(Published: September 24, 2014)

The Civil War was a chaotic time in our nation's history when normal societal rules didn't always apply. Soldiers and civilians alike sometimes took advantage of the uncertainty around them by breaking laws and upsetting the social order. In the territories held by the Union army, provost marshals served as a check against such activities. The provost marshals, who functioned as military police during the Civil War, also kept records of their work that can be valuable resources for genealogists and historians who want to know more about what life was like during that turbulent era.


New TSLA Exhibit Explores the Civil War in Tennessee in 1864
(Published: September 22, 2014)
Brothers Cpl. Jesse Mercer Pirkle and
1st Sgt. Elijah Jefferson Pirkle
served in Co. G, 3rd Tenn. Cav., USA

1864 would prove to be the decisive year of the Civil War. Despite Union victories at Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga the previous year, northern citizens were growing war-weary. The mounting lists of dead and wounded made many wonder if the South should finally be allowed its independence.

Geographically situated between the midwestern states and the deep South, Tennessee was to be the major battleground in the western theater. The Mississippi, Tennessee, and Cumberland Rivers, combined with numerous rail lines which crossed the state, made Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville of strategic importance to both Union and Confederate forces.

A new exhibit, with 16 panels full of images and information on this fascinating period in our history, recently opened at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. It explores the role Tennessee played as a transportation and supply hub, the experiences and contributions of African-Americans, and key battles at Johnsonville, Memphis, Fort Pillow, Spring Hill, Columbia, Franklin and Nashville.


State Archivists Visit Kimball in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: September 18, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Kimball on Oct. 8 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.”

Archivists will be at the Kimball Municipal Building, 649 Main Street in Kimball, on Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.


Celebrate National Voter Registration Month in September!
(Published: September 2, 2014)

According to information from the U.S. Census Bureau, about three out of 10 adults across our country who are eligible to vote aren't registered. The good news is that there's an easy remedy for that problem.

That's why Secretary of State Tre Hargett is calling on people across Tennessee to celebrate National Voter Registration Month by registering to vote themselves - if they haven't already - and encouraging friends and neighbors to register.


Tennessee Honor Vote Program
(Published: July 11, 2014)

Please watch this video to learn about a great way to honor active duty, retired and deceased members of our military.

Go to Honor Vote Program.

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