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Election Commission
Knox County’s candidate’s guide for 2008- submitted by the Knox County

To be placed on a ballot as a candidate, you have to personally pick up a petition at the Knox County Election Commission in Room 218 of the Courthouse. You must get 25 registered voters from the jurisdiction you are running in to sign the petition.

The commission can only count registered voters who list the address we have on file.

The petitions must be returned to the Commission office by the qualifying deadline. The candidate does not have to return it personally. It is acceptable to mail it or have someone else drop it off.

The Election Commission does need the original petition, so faxes or emails will not be accepted.

Petitions for the 2008 county Election are not available until September 14. Qualifying deadline is noon, December 13. These deadlines could change if the election is moved to February 5. Please check the Web site regularly for any changes.

Before a candidate raises or spends any money, the candidate needs to file an “Appointment of Political Treasurer” with the Election Commission. This form is available on our Web site,, or at\ tref\forms\ss-1120.pdf. You can print it out online and mail it or bring it to us. We must have the original, so a fax or e-mail will not work.

You may file the “Appointment of Political Treasurer” at any time, but it must be filed before you raise or spend any money. The staff at the Registry of Election Finance has told us that “incidental” expenses while you are thinking about running do not count. For example, if you go out to the Gibbs Democrat or Republican club to talk to people about the possibility of running, you would not have to count your gas driving out there as an expense.

Keep in mind one important change in the Campaign Finance Laws. It is now against the law to make donations in cash that in the aggregate exceed $50 (T.C.A. 2-10-311). The contribution limits in section 2-10-302 still apply. For local candidates the maximum aggregate contribution is $1000.

The State Registry of Election Finance, 615-741-7659 or\tref\contact.htm, has jurisdiction over election finance issues. The Knox County Election Commission merely files the reports and makes them available to the public.

The state office can answer any question you have about financial reports or requirements.

Finally, within 30 days after the qualifying deadline, a candidate must file a “Conflict of Interest Statement” with the Tennessee Ethics Commission in Nashville, 615-253-8634 or

Once a candidate files an “Appointment of Treasurer,” the candidate is required to file periodic disclosure reports. The reports are to be filed quarterly during the election year and semi-annually in either the year(s) before or after.

Additionally a report is due 10 days before any election. Our office will notify you by mail of any forms due under this statue.

Since petitions are not available until September, potential candidates may wonder how they can declare or announce that they are running.

That is a political strategy issue and each candidate must make that decision.

The Knox County Election Commission has posted and will continue to update a list of all persons who have filed an Appointment of Political Treasurer for the 2008 elections.


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