Nashville election officials say their systems ran smoothly this month and that they’re hopeful that they’ve increased public trust in voting. In certifying the city’s election results Thursday, they noted lessons learned about accommodating COVID-positive voters and what it takes to process more than 34,000 mail-in ballots.
Tennessee’s record-setting COVID cases have prompted the suspension of all jury trials through the end of January. The order from the state’s Supreme Court came down Tuesday, reinstating rules that initially ran from March through most of May.
Nashville is now in its deadliest year for pedestrians. Recent fatal strikes have pushed past what had been a record-setting death toll in 2019.
Tennessee voters have elected the first openly gay members of the General Assembly. Two of the three LGBT candidates who ran were elected Tuesday.
John Little will be the next Nashville school board representative for the Donelson and Hermitage areas.
President Donald Trump has won Tennessee, earning him the state’s 11 electoral votes. As of 9:50 p.m., Trump had 61% of Tennessee votes, compared to 37% for Democrat Joe Biden, with more than 2.7 million votes tallied.
Kingsport pharmacist Diana Harshbarger emerged from a crowded field to win the Republican nomination. She faced Democrat and Air Force veteran Blair Walsingham.
Election results are expected to take longer than usual this week — and election administrators say a winner might not be declared on Election Day. WPLN News asked a cross-section of early voters how they expect to feel after results come in and found a bit of unease at the polls.
Three Middle Tennessee counties announced reinstated mask mandates Thursday as cases of the coronavirus — and hospitalizations — are again rising.
Closures related to COVID-19 cases continue to ripple across local governments in Tennessee. Clarksville’s police department is the latest to close public access to its lobbies after several positive tests among office staff. The closure will run at least until Oct. 24.