The Pew Charitable Trusts (Aug. 14, 2019) — Charlane Oliver didn’t expect her efforts to register thousands of black and brown Tennesseans to vote would lead to one of the most restrictive voter registration laws in the country. But less than a year after a coalition of groups, led by the nonprofit Tennessee Black Voter Project, conducted a statewide voter registration drive that accumulated 91,000 applications, activists like her face a daunting obstacle: A new …
WTVF NewsChannel 5 (Aug. 13, 2019) — Why Tennessee has a low voter registration and turnout? On today’s MorningLine, we are joined by Shanna Hughey with ThinkTennessee, to discuss what our state is doing to promote more engagement in our voting process, and why your vote is so important. Watch the full show here.
WBIR TV Knoxville (Aug. 12, 2019) — ThinkTennessee president Shanna Hughey said the right to vote touches every community. In the Nashville-based non-partisan think tank’s most recent report, it noted just how big of an issue it is here in Tennessee. “About 420,000 people in our state right now are denied the right to vote because of a past felony conviction,” she said. Read the full piece here.
(Aug. 9, 2019) — Mayors who are taking part in our Mayors Growing Civic Engagement project are being recognized across the state. Read about Kingsport Mayor Pat Shull and former mayor John Clark here. Read about Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke here.
(July 31, 2019)–Nashville’s WSMV News Channel 4 and WTVF News Channel 5 both covered our recent Mayors Civic Engagement project. Watch the News Channel 4 clip here. Watch the News Channel 5 clip here.