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.
Listen / A federal judge has blocked a new Tennessee law that would have imposed strict regulations on voter registration efforts in the state. Judge Aleta Trauger said the law was unconstitutional and would cause more harm than good.
Listen / This story has been corrected to reflect final early voting totals, which show a larger overall voter turnout than initially reported. The final tally is in for Tennessee early voting — and turnout jumped by 11 percent compared to four years ago. Within those numbers, Williamson County is seeing an interesting partisan change. […]
Listen / Voters in Williamson County may notice a prominent warning when they go to the polls today: A sign implying that only certain people are allowed to vote in the primaries. It’s the result of a dispute between the Williamson County GOP and two Democratic candidates over how to interpret Tennessee’s murky law about […]