Tomorrow, Aug. 7, Tennessee is holding elections. And your vote is needed to counter massive amounts of money pouring into Tennessee from far-right-wing extremists, including the Koch brothers.
In addition to the state primary elections, Tennessee voters are heading to the polls to cast their vote for judges.1 The Koch brothers—operating through shadowy front groups like Americans for Prosperity—are trying defeat the three state Supreme Court justices on the ballot: Chief Justice Gary Wade, Justice Connie Clark, and Justice Sharon Lee. These judges were appointed by Phil Bredesen, the Democratic governor at the time.2
The stakes for tomorrow’s election are unusually high. If voters like you stay home, it could mean a precedent-setting victory for the Koch empire: a web of shadowy right-wing front groups fighting to rig our democracy—including our justice system—against ordinary people. But if Moveon members and our friends get out and vote, we can show that our voices are more powerful than cash from these right-wing billionaires.
Here’s what you need to know to vote tomorrow, Thursday, August 7.
First, look up where to vote using the state’s voter lookup tool: https://tnmap.tn.gov/voterlookup/.
If you want more information about the candidates appearing on the ballot, one source is the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Tennessee: http://lwvtn.org/.
We’re tracking when MoveOn members are planning to vote. (In Tennessee, polling places are typically open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., but be sure to check your voter record for the exact times for your polling place.) When will you be voting?
1. “Early voting begins in Middle Tennessee for Aug. 7 elections,” The Tennessean, July 18, 2014
2. “Conservatives See Potential in Tennessee Judicial Race,” The New York Times, August 5, 2014