Tennessee is a state in the Eastern United States, though much of the state is in the Central Time Zone (as is much of the Mississippi Basin). The four largest cities in Tennessee are Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.
Below are the largest metropolitan areas in the state of Tennessee, as approximated by county.
Memphis is currently the most populous metropolitan area in the state of Tennessee. See the "Memphis, Tennessee" article on English Wikipedia for more details.
Nashville is currently the capitol of the state of Tenneseee in its second most populous county. See the "Nashville, Tennessee" article on English Wikipedia for more details.
Knoxville was the original capitol of the state of Tennessee in its third most populous county. See the "Knoxville, Tennessee" article on English Wikipedia for more details.
Chattanooga is the county seat for Hamilton County, Tennessee (the fourth largest county in Tennessee). See the "Chattanooga, Tennessee" article on English Wikipedia for more details.
Murfreesboro is the county seat for Rutherford County, Tennessee (the fifth largest county in Tennessee). It was also the capitol of Tennessee prior to Nashville (but after Knoxville). See the "Murfreesboro, Tennessee" article on English Wikipedia for more details.
Electoral reform advocates frequently use the "Tennessee example" to describe the effects of different voting systems under similar circumstances. The example is convenient because of the way that Tennessee was settled. A very long time ago, Knoxville was the territorial capitol of Tennessee, and then disputes arouse over the years about where the capitol should end up. Nashville was eventually chosen, but over time, Memphis became a larger city. See "Effects of different voting systems under similar circumstances" to learn about the Tennessee example.
The state of Tennessee recently outlawed "instant runoff voting" and "ranked choice voting", which they defined as follows:
a method of casting and tabulating votes in which:
- (A) Voters rank candidates in order of preference;
- (B) Tabulation proceeds in rounds such that in each round either a candidate or candidates are elected or the last-place candidate is defeated;
- (C) Votes are transferred from elected or defeated candidates to the voters' next-ranked candidate or candidates in order of preference; and
- (D) Tabulation ends when a candidate receives the majority of votes cast or the number of candidates elected equals the number of offices to be filled, as applicable