General Provisions Governing Qualifications

The general qualifications of persons permitted to hold public office are set out in TCA 8-18-101. This section provides that all persons of the age of eighteen (18) years who are citizens of the United States and of this state, and have been inhabitants of the state, county, district, or circuit for the period required by the constitution and laws of the state, are qualified to hold office under the authority of this state except:

  1. Those who have been convicted of offering or giving a bribe, or of larceny, or any other offense declared infamous by law, unless restored to citizenship in the mode prescribed by law.

  2. Those against whom there is a judgment unpaid for any moneys received by them, in any official capacity, due to the United States, to this state, or any county in the state.

  3. Those who are defaulters to the treasury at the time of the election, and the election of any such person shall be void.

  4. Soldiers, seamen, marines, or airmen in the regular armed forces of the United States.

  5. Members of congress and persons holding any office or profit or trust under any foreign power, other state of the union, or under the United States.

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