The League of Women Voters of Tennessee oppses removing voters from the voter registration list for not voting in previous elections.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled last month that Ohio’s purging of voters based on not voting in previous elections violated the federal National Voter Registration Act, and last week, a federal judge ordered the state to allow the purged voters to vote in November. Tennessee, which, like Ohio, is under the jurisdiction of the Sixth Circuit, follows a similar process.
Demos, a public interest law firm, has formally asked Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to change Tennessee’s practice of purging voter rolls based on nonvoting as well as to develop a process for voters previously purged for this reason to be allowed to vote in the November election.
The League of Women Voters supports efforts to enable all eligible Tennesseans to vote.