Tenn. proposal would allow multi-party nominations

On April 25, 2011, in News 2011, by Mark Norris

April 25, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal to allow candidates to be listed on the ballot as the nominee of more than one political party in Tennessee has unanimously passed the House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Majority Leader Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga was approved 92-0 on Monday.

The legislation is similar to an original bill proposed by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, which would take a petition of about 40,000 signatures to have minor party candidates’ affiliation listed on the ballot.

Candidates’ total votes would be added to decide the election.

Republican Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville has since revised that proposed threshold to 10,000 signatures from registered voters.

A full Senate vote on the companion bill has been delayed because of amendments.


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