Important dates for our next local election

Whether you’re planning on running for local government or are just an interested voter, save these upcoming dates that will get us to our next election cycle in March of 2024.

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Save these dates to stay in the know of Hamilton County’s next local election.

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The Hamilton County Election Commission recently released its Notice of Election for our next local voting cycle to determine presidential preference + county primaries, which is slated for March 5.

We’re breaking down positions on the ballots and important dates for candidates and voters alike. Yes it’s early, but it’ll be here before you know it.

The ballot

Aside from presidential primaries and delegates, locally you can expect to see these offices on your ballot:

  • Criminal Court Judge | Division 2, unexpired term
  • County Commission | District 3, unexpired term
  • Assessor of Property
  • Hamilton County School Board | Districts 1, 2, 4, 7, 10 + 11
  • Town of Lookout Mountain School Board

Note: This election will just be for primaries. See the current elected officials.

Deadlines for candidates

Petitions for county primary and independent candidates are available to be picked up now and must be filed with the Tennessee Coordinator of Elections.

  • Qualifying deadline | Thursday, Dec. 14 at 12 p.m.
  • Withdrawal deadline | Thursday, Dec. 21 at 12 p.m.


  • Voter registration deadline | Monday, Feb. 5 — check out our tips on how to register or update your registration
  • Early voting | Wednesday, Feb. 14 through Tuesday, Feb. 27
  • Absentee voting | Requests for a mail-in ballot start Wednesday, Dec. 6 through Tuesday, Feb. 27

For those with disabilities or elderly voters, you may vote during the early voting period or on election day at the Election Commission office, located at 700 River Terminal Rd. If it is your first time voting within this category, you must provide a letter of intent to vote on Election Day + send it to the office prior to Saturday, Feb. 24.
Note: Polling stations can be found on your registration form. Stay tuned for more coverage as we get closer to the election cycle.