ThinkTN in the News: Tennessee voter purging law is confusing, but here’s how it works and how to ensure you can vote in 2020

The Tennessean (Jan. 16, 2020) — Tennessee is not supposed to be purging citizens from the voter rolls anymore just because they skip voting in elections. Secretary of State Trey Hargett confirmed that fact during a live interview I conducted with him on Jan. 6. However, he acknowledged that confusion and misinformation still abound even though the purging law changed in 2017.  Read the full story here.

ThinkTN Releases Report Highlighting Mayors’ Plans to Increase Civic Engagement in 2020

NASHVILLE (January 9, 2020) – Tennessee has consistently trailed most other states in voter registration and turnout, but a new report from ThinkTennessee shows how a group of Tennessee mayors are using the power of their offices to help their communities increase civic engagement. The report, How Local Leaders Can Leverage Their Office to Engage Voters, highlights the progress of Mayors Growing Civic Engagement participants and provides a roadmap for other local leaders who want …

TN Mayors Proclaim Sept. 24 as ‘National Voter Registration Day’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 24, 2019) – Five members of the Tennessee Mayors Growing Civic Engagement project are joining with ThinkTennessee and state and local leaders from across the country to honor National Voter Registration Day. Founded in 2012, National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual event when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote. Today, Athens Mayor Chuck Burris, Kingsport Mayor …

ThinkTN in the News: They’re trailblazers in their own right, and they’re dedicated to telling the story of women’s suffrage in Tennessee

The Tennessean (Aug. 16, 2019) — This trio of Nashville women take their walking seriously. In fact, two of them have walked together twice a week at 6 a.m. since 1999. But the steps Margaret Behm, Jeanie Nelson and Juli Mosley remember most aren’t the recreational walks through Radnor Lake State Park or around the neighborhood in Oak Hill. … Between 2017 and 2019, Tennessee was one of three states that experienced a decrease in the number …

ThinkTN in the News: Tennessee Made It Harder to Register Voters. Activists Consider What’s Next.

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 …