About the Sumner County Election Commission

Duties of the Sumner County Election Commission

The Sumner County Election Commission conducts all elections; city, county, state and federal. State
election laws are the foundation of all administrative election procedures in the State of Tennessee.

Voter registration, candidate questions, petitions for offices, legal notices, early voting, and Election
Day voting are some of the major responsibilities the Election Commission oversees.

Under state law, each county has a five member election commission who are appointed by the State
Election Commission.

The Sumner County Election Commission sets its regular meetings at 4:00 PM (local time) at the Sumner 
County Administration Building, Room 106, Gallatin, Tennessee on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. If the
date falls on a county recognized holiday, the meeting will be held on the following date at the same time.

Sumner County Election Commission

M. Allen Ehmling, Chairman
615-390-0022; allenehmling@bellsouth.net
Republican Appointment

Beverly Staten, Secretary
615-822-7840; statenrice1@att.net
Democratic Appointment

Barbara W. Brake, Member
615-826-1707; bbrake@sumnertn.org
Republican Appointment

Kaye Kemnitz, Member
615-452-7630; kkemnitz@sumnertn.org
Democratic Appointment

Patricia L. Polston, Member
615-824-2025; ppolston@sumnertn.org
Republican Appointment

Lori D. Atchley, Administrator of Elections
615-452-1456; latchley@sumnertn.org

The Mission of the Sumner County Election Commission is to conduct accurate, secure, fair and accessible elections with the highest 
level of professionalism and integrity; to protect the well of the people and democracy as a concept and form of government; to provide
a comprehensive and uniform election procedure; and to encourage maximum citizen participation in the electoral process.