Tennessee Mayors Proclaim Sept. 22 as ‘National Voter Registration Day’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 22, 2020) – Six members of the bipartisan Tennessee Mayors Growing Civic Engagement (TMGCE) cohort are joining with ThinkTennessee and state and local leaders from across the country to honor National Voter Registration Day. Today, City of Athens Mayor Chuck Burris and City Manager C. Seth Sumner, City of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, City of Columbia Mayor Chaz Molder, City of Franklin Mayor Ken Moore, City of Kingsport Mayor Pat Shull and …

ThinkTN in the News: Expert: Tennessee ranks 48th nationally for restoring voting rights

WBIR-TV (Aug. 18, 2020) — As people celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Think Tennessee president Shanna Sigh Hughey said it can be a springboard for other conversations about voting rights and restoration. “We rank 48th nationally when it comes to failing to return the ability to vote,” she said.  Think Tennessee is a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank that looks at Tennessee’s policies, and part of its work has a lot to do with …

ThinkTN in the News: In-person voting rule challenges Rutherford County voter ill with COVID-19

Chattanooga Times Free Press (Aug. 14, 2020) — On July 29, Brittney Whidden received a phone call from the Rutherford County Election Commission. While her husband’s absentee ballot had been approved, hers would not be. Whidden pushed back, and the election commission made an exception. Whidden, who tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering, received her ballot via mail July 31, but is concerned that other voters might not receive a similar exception. Whidden is …

ThinkTN in the News: Tennessee’s opposition to COVID-19 absentee ballots called ‘pitiful’ during US Senate hearing

The Tennessean (June 23, 2020) — Secretary of State Tre Hargett on Wednesday spoke before a U.S. Senate committee regarding Tennessee’s preparations for upcoming elections, a hearing that became heated as multiple members grilled him on the state’s resistance to expanding absentee voting due to the coronavirus. Hargett, who appeared by video before the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, discussed Tennessee’s use of federal COVID-19 relief funds to cover the costs of necessary measures to make in-person …

ThinkTN in the News: Hargett to U.S. Senate: Georgia cat’s application to vote proof of voter fraud

Tennessee Lookout (June 23, 2020) — Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett cited an alleged instance of a voter registration form being mailed to a cat in Georgia as rationale for Tennessee’s continuing emphasis on in-person voting during a Wednesday hearing of the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee.  Among other instances of alleged voter fraud by mail Hargett cited were the episode of a Tennessee woman who died but whose absentee ballot was later …