Legislation Will Make Voting Easier In Tennessee

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A groundbreaking bill that will make registering to vote as easy as applying for a driver's license is making its way through the Tennessee legislature.

The legislation would make elections more accessible and convenient in the state which ranks No. 3 among states that make voting most difficult for their residents.

Released last October, a University of North Illinois study used 30 voting criteria, including registration restrictions, to determine how much time and effort states require of voters.

The study found voting easiest in Oregon, which introduced automatic registration in 2016 and that year registered over 50,000 new voters, half under age 35.

Through the Tennessee measure, every eligible person applying to the state Department of Motor Vehicles for a driver's license or a license renewal will be automatically registered to vote.

Besides enlarging the state's electorate, the new system will cost less, increase the accuracy and security of voter rolls and curb the potential for fraud.

At a time when too many states are restricting voting rights, Tennessee will be making a commitment to removing barriers to voting with this law.

Show your support for automatic voter registration by contacting our state representatives.

Carolyn Mitchell


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