New for November, the Nooga voter guides has again collaborated with to produce voter guides for the 2012 election in Hamilton County, Tennessee.* Click the logo to get started.

The guides include the following races and ballot measures:

  • President & Vice President
  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House – District 3
  • U.S. House – District 4


  • State Senate – District 10
  • State House – District 26
  • State House – District 27
  • State House – District 28
  • State House – District 29
  • State House – District 30


  • Chattanooga City Charter

*Note: voters outside Hamilton County but in Tennessee can find all their state and federal candidates listed right here on the Tennessee Ticket voter guides.

Tennessee House
Tennessee Senate
U.S. House
U.S. Senate

The Tennessee House page is still being updated from August, and I’ll post another announcement when it’s finished.

Deborah Scott drops mic so hard in the paint

Chattanooga City Councilwoman Deborah Scott has announced that she will not seek re-election after serving a single four-year term in District 1. Scott also wrote a thorough explanation for her decision.

The news has been met with a great deal of disappointment from Scott’s fans, who are united in their admiration for her commitment to accountability despite ideological positions that range across the political spectrum.

The Free Press editorial page today included the topic in its “Drew’s Views” column, saying that Scott’s decision deals a “tremendous blow” to Chattanooga citizens, and that Scott is among “the rarest of politicians.”

It shouldn’t be so extraordinary for ordinary people to seek elective office and to serve with the kind of energy and focus Scott has. Her self-assessment is a detailed reminder of the fact that doing the right thing in the right way is not easy.

Clarification on using library card as ID for voting

Just so it’s clear to readers, the exception to allow a voter to show a library card as ID is only applicable (as upheld and pending further appeal) in Shelby County. No other governing body within Tennessee has allowed the library card exception, so if you aren’t in Shelby County, don’t try to vote with only a library card as your form of photo ID.

And if you are in Shelby County, I would recommend using something else, because the question is not settled. UPDATE: and while it’s not settled, it’s likely possible that a stay will be placed on the appellate court ruling, which means that library cards would not be valid ID in the meantime.

Thanks to News Channel 9 staff for alerting me to the need for clarification, and to Chris Connolly for further updates.

Hargett, Ramsey not quite satisfied with Voter ID ruling

After the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld the state’s requirement of voters to show photo identification at the polls, but also upheld library cards as valid forms of identification, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said the following:

While allowing library cards clearly violates the legislative intent of this law, the court rightly affirmed the law’s constitutionality. Just yesterday, we saw Democrat Party voter fraud efforts make national news in Virginia, as the son of a U.S. Congressman was caught on tape explaining how to commit fraud at the ballot box. This is exactly the type of illegal behavior our law will stop. Tennessee’s voter ID law is necessary, proper and completely constitutional. This has been made plain by the courts and remains undisputed.

Secretary of State Tré Hargett plans to appeal the ruling on library cards.