Leadership Tennessee kicked off “Vote Tennessee” on Tuesday in a statewide effort to increase voter registration and education.

Vote Tennessee will work with businesses, nonprofits, higher education institutions and other organizations to encourage the more than 838,000 eligible but unregistered Tennesseans to register and vote.

Tennessee currently ranks 40th in the country in voter registration and 44th in voter turnout, according to a Leadership Tennessee news release.

“We need to be more civically engaged if we’re going to be the democracy we want to be, and today is an exciting day as we look forward to working with our many partners across the state to make sure Tennesseans are registered, well-informed and exercising their right to vote,” said co-chair of the Vote Tennessee Advisory Council and state Rep. Mark White, R-Memphis.

“Vote Tennessee” began as Project Register, a nonpartisan initiative launched in 2017 by U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tennessee, and state Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, to boost voter registration in Middle Tennessee.

“Leadership Tennessee is committed to collaborative, nonpartisan dialogue, making it the perfect organization to take this project across the state,” said co-chair of the Vote Tennessee Advisory Council and Cooper’s chief of staff Lisa Quigley. “With more than 250 alumni in its ranks, Leadership Tennessee can tap its vast network to expand Vote Tennessee’s reach and increase the number of Tennesseans registering and voting.”

Leadership Tennessee Executive Director Cathy Cate is a native of Maryville. She served for six years as executive director of Leadership Blount County with a focus on educating local leaders on issues affecting Blount County and the region, including education, sustained growth, health care and environmental issues.

Find more information on Vote Tennessee at www.votetennessee.org.

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