NASHVILLE — State Senator Doug Overbey, Representative Art Swann and Representative Bob Ramsey are urging citizens to register to vote as part of a statewide effort encouraging voter participation. The Blount County lawmakers are aiding a registration drive organized by Secretary of State Tre Hargett to not only get Tennesseans registered, but to get them to urge their friends and family to do the same through the use of social media.
September is National Voter Registration Month. In recent years, Tennessee has been recognized as a national leader in this effort.
“It is awesome to see the level of bi-partisan participation we have in registering people to vote,” said Senator Overbey. “From country music stars to world-renown athletes and from elected officials to television personalities, everyone has the common goal of increasing the number of citizens in Tennessee who exercise their right to vote. Anyone can participate and we hope to see many Blount County citizens join in the effort.”
Citizens can find out how to register to vote at www.GoVoteTN.com. Voters can download a sign from the website saying “I’m registered to vote. Are you?” which can be posted to social media using the hashtag #GoVoteTN.
Ramsey said citizens can also access information about Tennessee’s GoVoteTN app at the website which provides voters with such information as polling locations, candidates on the ballot and election results.
“The use of social media and apps are of particular help in getting young people registered,” added Rep. Ramsey. “Hopefully we will see a tremendous chain of young people showing their friends and family that voter participation is important to the future of this state and this nation.”
Tennessee also has an “Honor Vote” program which provides citizens an opportunity to dedicate their vote to those who are serving or have served in the U.S. military.
“The honor vote program allows Tennesseans at the polls to pay tribute to those in the military whose important contribution helped ensure our freedom and democracy,” added Representative Swann. “We are pleased to join in promoting all of these programs and hope that others in Blount County will join us.”