The NAACP has sued the state of Tennessee to challenge its voting laws. They argue it’s too difficult for residents who have been convicted of a felony to get their voting rights back.
Nashville election officials say their systems ran smoothly this month and that they’re hopeful that they’ve increased public trust in voting. In certifying the city’s election results Thursday, they noted lessons learned about accommodating COVID-positive voters and what it takes to process more than 34,000 mail-in ballots.
Voters of all ages and backgrounds donned their masks and and filed into Glencliff High School Tuesday morning to vote. Poll workers in blue protective gowns greeted people with a giant bottle of hand sanitizer and a list of COVID-19 screening questions. But many voters say it wasn’t just the pandemic that made this election […]
The number of Tennesseans who can’t vote because of a felony conviction has risen since 2016 — despite a national trend in the opposite direction — according to a new national report released today.
Nearly 450,000 Nashvillians have registered to vote, up from about 340,000 in the last presidential election, and many of them signed up only in the last few months.
After two years of paperwork and phone calls and visits to countless government buildings, Milton Thomas was about ready to give up. But outside the Davidson County Election Commission Monday, Thomas was all smiles. A local nonprofit had paid off his court debt, just in time for the deadline to register to vote.
As the nation marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage here in the final state needed to ratify the amendment, not all Tennesseans can vote. Tennessee is actually one of the hardest states for people with felony convictions to get their voting rights back.
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification. But even a century later, not all Tennesseans can vote. Felony convictions keep hundreds of thousands of people out of the polls.
Tennessee was ordered to dramatically expand access to absentee voting last month to protect people from the coronavirus. But as early voting begins tomorrow, the state says that first-time voters still must verify their identities in person before requesting a mail-in ballot.
A Nashville court has given Tennessee election officials until the end of business Friday to follow an order handed down a week ago related to absentee voting during the pandemic. And Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle expressed her frustration during Thursday’s hearing.