Why is the order of the ballot the way it is?


Why is the order of the ballot the way it is?
It is hard to imagine that in this very contentious election, the fact that Donald Trump is listed first on the ballot and Hillary Clinton is second will significantly alter the outcome of the presidential race in Tennessee.
But some may be curious about why.
Chad Gray, Williamson County Administrator of Elections, on Thursday morning sent out a message to clarify why the ballot appears the way it does. It is state law, he noted:
“Just to clarify an questions that might be asked about the order of the ballot for the November General Election:
Pursuant to T.C.A. 2-5-208(d)  (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter or this title, on general election ballots, the name of each political party having nominees on the ballot shall be listed in the following order: majority party, minority party, and recognized minor party, if any. The names of the political party candidates shall be alphabetically listed underneath the appropriate column for the candidate’s party. A column for independent candidates shall follow the recognized minor party, or if there is not a recognized minor party on the ballot, shall follow the minority party, with the listing of the candidates’ names alphabetically underneath.”
Early voting in the Nov. 8 election begins on Wednesday, Oct. 19, and continues through Thursday, Nov. 3.
Early voting takes place at the following locations:
BRENTWOOD
The Brentwood Library
8109 Concord Road Brentwood, TN 37027
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays
FAIRVIEW
Fairview Recreation Center
2714 Fairview Boulevard Fairview, TN 37062
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays
FRANKLIN
Williamson County Administrative Complex (Election Commission)
1320 West Main Street Franklin, TN 37064
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays
The Factory at Franklin (near Liberty Hall)
230 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37064
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays
Williamson County Ag Expo Center
4215 Long Lane, Franklin, TN 37064
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays
NOLENSVILLE
Nolensville Recreation Center
7250 Nolensville Road Nolensville, TN 37135
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays
SPRING HILL
Longview Recreation Center
2909 Commonwealth Drive Spring Hill, TN 37174
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays
The General Election is Nov. 8, including the presidential election, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Tennessee House of Representatives, and municipal elections in Fairview, Nolensville and Thompson’s Station. For a precinct map, CLICK HERE. For a precinct list of election day voting locations, CLICK HERE.

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