NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — One Davidson County Election official wants to dismiss what he's calling a myth about the upcoming election as voters will head to the polls for early voting in less than a month.
When people go to vote in October or November they will have several constitutional amendments to vote for. But the rumor is if you don't vote in the governors race on that same ballot then your votes on the amendments won't count. This information is false.
Jeff Roberts, a Davidson County Elections Administrator, spoke at a recent Election Committee meeting saying, "So we've been told by the state that this is a myth going around and that the voters should feel free to vote on all or any of the items on the ballot and feel confident that their vote will count how they vote."
According to the Tennessee Secretary of State website, the votes for amendments are tied to the total number of votes cast for governor.
FOX 17 will take a closer look at those amendments are we get closer to the election. All of your votes will count individually. Even if you voted in just one race and left the rest of the ballot blank.
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett's Office added the following:
Two things must happen for an amendment to pass and become part of the Constitution. The first is the amendment must get more yes votes than no votes. The second is that the number of yes votes must be a majority of the total votes in the gubernatorial election. Tennessee's longstanding process to determine the results for proposed Constitutional amendments was confirmed by a court decision following the 2014 general election.
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