Need help understanding the Amendment choices on Tennessee's voting ballot?

November 3, 2014

 

Many who vote this Tuesday are likely to make a mistake. Worse than not voting at all, is thinking you are voting FOR something when you actually just voted AGAINST it, or vice versa. 

 

The constitutional amendments option on the Tennessee ballot can be confusing. Here is a simpler explanation of the Amendments that we hope will help clear it up for you.

 

Amendment 1:  

  • If you vote 'yes' for Amendment 1, you are giving state lawmakers the complete ability to regulate abortion, removing that right from Tennessee's constitution. 

  • If you vote 'no' for Amendment 1, you are leaving Tennessee's laws to remain as they are. 

 

Amendment 2:

  • If you vote 'yes' for Amendment 2, you are allowing the Governor to appoint the state Supreme Court and appelate court judges, confirmed by the state legislature, then retained or rejected by voters in a general election.

  • If you vote 'no' for Amendment 2, you do not want to change how they are appointed.

 

Amendment 3:

  • If you vote 'yes' for Amendment 3, you are stating you want the state constitution to forbid a state or local payroll or income tax.

  • If you vote 'no' for Amendment 3, you are wanting the state constitution to remain as it is.

 

Amendment 4:

  • If you vote 'yes' for Amendment 4, you want to allow veterans-related organizations to seek legislative approval for annual lottery or games-of-chance fundraisers like other charitable organizations can.

  • If you vote 'no' for Amendment 4, you do not want veterans organizations to have lotteries or games of chance as fundraisers.

 

Can you not vote for any of the Amendments at all, or can you skip the ones you don't want to vote for or against?

 

Yes...you can not place a vote for any of the Amendments at all, or you can pick and choose which you vote for, or against.

 

 

We now have three law offices to serve you in several areas of practice, including: wrongful death & personal injury, motor vehicle accidents, workers comp, debt resolution & bankruptcy, and social security & disability:

 

Law office of T. Verner Smith

Personal Injury - Bankruptcy - Disability

112 N. Liberty  Jackson TN

(731) 423-1888

 

Law office of T. Verner Smith

Personal Injury - Bankruptcy - Disability

5100 Poplar, Clark Tower, Suite 2700  Memphis, TN 38137

(901) 730-4567

 

Law office of T. Verner Smith

Personal Injury - Bankruptcy - Disability

750 Old Hickory Blvd, Suite 150   Brentwood, TN 37027

(615) 371-6136 

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