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 …

ThinkTN in the News: MorningLine: Why TN Has a Low Voter Turnout?

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.

ThinkTN in the News: Tennessee groups talk voting rights and restoration for felons

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.