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  1. Why is Judge Bell running for Re-Election when she was just elected in 2012?
    Judge Bell was elected during a special election due to a Judicial Vacancy that had two (2) years remaining from an eight (8) year term. She is now up for re-election for a full term.

  2. How was Judge Bell’s first year on the bench?
    As part of the normal transition that attorneys must make when leaving their practice and sitting on the bench, Judge Bell closed her practice and transitioned over two-hundred cases. Judge Bell was extremely thankful to the attorneys and constituents that were very understanding and supportive of her efforts during the transition. In short order, Judge Bell was acclimated and serving in the role to which she was elected. With her first year behind her and the transition complete Judge Bell is looking forward to pursuing a second term on the bench. To learn more about her service, click here.

  3. Who can vote for Judge Bell?
    a. Any registered voter in Davidson County. That includes all thirty-five (35) districts.

  4. How many General Sessions Judges are there?
    There are eleven (11) General Session Judges, each with their own Division.

  5. Which Division does Judge Bell preside over?
    Division VIII (8)

  6. What kind of cases does Judge Bell preside over?
    a. General Sessions Court is vested with a broad range of jurisdiction and is often the public’s first introduction to the judicial process. This Court handles both criminal matters and civil lawsuits. The eleven Judges rotate each week to preside over the various civil and criminal dockets.

        i. The civil matters include several different type cases:
         1. Civil warrants with jurisdictional limit of $25,000
         2. Detainer warrants (landlord/tenant disputes)
         3. Recovery warrants
         4. Order of protection
         5. Mental Health committals
         6. Environmental codes violations.

        ii. The criminal matters include several different type cases:

           1. The criminal jurisdiction includes conducting preliminary hearings on misdemeanor and felony cases and trials on all cases in which the penalty is no more than eleven (11) months and twenty-nine (29) days. The Court has the authority to make determinations of forfeiture of property used in commission of crime and the issuance of search warrants.


1. When is early voting for Primary Election?

Early voting is April 16th- May 1st, 2014

2. When is Election Day for the Primary Election?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

3. How can I find out where I vote in the Primary Election?

To find out where you would vote in your precinct please visit : http://www.nashville.gov/Election-Commission/Information/Find-Where-I-Vote.aspx

4. Can I still register to vote for the Primary Election?

a. Yes you can register to vote until April 7th 2014.
b. For more information on Voter registration please go to:

5. How do I vote by mail?

a. A registered voter may request an application for by-mail ballot no earlier than ninety (90) days before the election and no later than seven (7) days before the election.

b. To request a by-mail absentee ballot, mail, fax or email with an attached document which includes a scanned signature the following information directly to your local county election commission office:

i. Name of the registered voter
ii. Address of the voter's residence
iii. Voter's social security number
iv. Voter's date of birth
v. Address to mail the ballot outside the county (this applies only when the reason for voting by mail involves that the voter will be outside of the county during early voting and on election day)
vi. The election in which the voter wishes to participate. If the election involves a primary, the political party in which the voter wishes to participate.
vii. Reason the voter wishes to vote absentee. If applicable, a copy of the CDL containing the CDL number or the TWIC card must be included in the voter’s request.
viii. Voter's signature

c. A request that contains this information will be processed and a ballot will be mailed to the voter.

6. How can I vote if I am in the Military or working out of town?
i. Military personnel, their family members and overseas voters (UOCAVA voters) may receive their absentee ballot via e-mail upon request. UOCAVA voters may track when the ballot was received by their local county election commission office. The voted ballot must be received by the local county election commission office by the close of polls on Election Day to be counted.

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