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 …

Statement on U.S. Senate Rules Committee Hearing about Election Preparations in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, TN – The U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration held a hearing today about 2020 general election preparations. Witnesses included Secretary of State Tre Hargett.   “Any time Tennessee can be part of a national conversation about election preparations, that’s a good thing. And we heard today that many voters at our state’s Early Vote locations reported having a positive experience, which is a testament to our hardworking local election officials,” said Shanna …

Op-ed round up: ThinkTN in The Guardian, Essence

ThinkTennessee data was used in two recent nationally-published op-eds written by Tenneessee lawmakers. Rep. London Lamar cites ThinkTennessee data on funding for election investments in a new op-ed supporting expanded absentee voting. Read Rep. Lamar’s op-ed here. In call to ensure that Tennessee “takes every step necessary to prevent and prepare for the deepening of this global health crisis,” Sen. Robinson points to ThinkTennessee research on available federal funding to make the case for adapting …