Constitution Party of Tennessee

Article XII - Selection of State and Federal Candidates

Section 1. - Party Candidate Selection

No candidate shall appear on the state ballot under the Constitution Party of Tennessee banner without the endorsement of the Constitution Party of Tennessee.

  • This endorsement must be by a majority “yea” or “nay” vote of the regular state meeting.
  • Any candidate representing the Constitution Party of Tennessee must ultimately receive a majority of the votes.
  • If there is more than one candidate for an office, then a vote by ballot must be held. In such case, a majority of votes cast by secret ballot shall be necessary to elect. In the event that no candidate received a majority of votes from the first ballot, a second ballot shall be taken between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes from the first ballot.
  • In cases where none of the candidates receive the endorsement, the Party will not field a candidate in that election district for that particular election.

The party is required to file the candidate letter with the state no later than 60 days prior to the state primary date.

Section 2. - Presidential Candidate

The Presidential candidate, selected at the Constitution Party National Nominating Convention for President of the United States, shall be confirmed or rejected as the Candidate on the Constitution Party ballot by a majority vote of the Executive Committee. The State Party will file the candidate letter with the state no later than 90 days before the November general election.

Section 3. - Permission Must be Granted

Any person interested in running for public office using the name of the Constitution Party must contact the State Party Chairman and complete the candidate vetting process. Although the candidate may use the Constitution Party signification for their campaign purposes upon approval by the State Party Executive Committee, the candidate is not considered the official party candidate until a majority vote is provided at the regular meeting or a special meeting called for that purpose.