ThinkTN in the News: Judge to decide on excuse-free mail voting in Tennessee amid coronavirus fears

Chattanooga Times Free Press (June 4, 2020) — A judge will rule on Thursday whether to expand excuse-free absentee voting to any Tennessee voter who requests a mail-in ballot. A lawyer for the Tennessee attorney general argued on Zoom on Wednesday that such an expansion of mail balloting would be too expensive to pull off this year and is not logistically feasible. Assistant Attorney General Alex Rieger also said the state is concerned about disenfranchisement …

Statement on Senate State and Local Government Committee’s Failure to Temporarily Expand Absentee Voting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 4, 2020) – The Senate State and Local Government Committee, in today’s afternoon session, rejected a bill that would have temporarily expanded absentee voting for the November election if a State of Emergency is in effect. The amendment was introduced by Senator Steve Dickerson (R–Nashville) on a bill by Senator Katrina Robinson (D–Memphis). “Today Senators from both sides of the aisle supported an amendment to temporarily expand absentee voting,” said Shanna Singh …

ThinkTN in the News: Tennessee wants nice things, too

Tennessee Lookout (May 22, 2020) — Tennessee needs nice things, too Recently, I sat in on a virtual panel discussion hosted by ThinkTennessee, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that conducts research on civic and economic opportunity. The topic? Voting by mail.  You’ve probably already heard discussion about voting by mail, as it’s become a hot item nationally and with good reason. Not only are we in a presidential election cycle, which typically drives voter turnout …

ThinkTN in the News: Every Tennessee voter should request an absentee ballot

The Tennessean (May 14, 2020) — Tennessee’s economy is slowly and gradually reopening, but the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much with us and still very infectious and deadly. Many businesses do not want to open their doors yet. Several employers are continuing to insist their employees work from home. Some people are concerned about going into crowded places, including grocery stores, where patrons vary widely in their social distancing and masking habits. Read the full story here.

ThinkTN in the News: Tennessee Voices, Episode 11

The Tennessean (April 8, 2020) — Tennessee’s March 3 presidential primary election preceded the state’s first confirmed COVID-19 case by just a couple of days. So, the Volunteer State avoided the controversy that faced Wisconsin on Tuesday when a legal battle ensued to try unsuccessfully to postpone the Badger State’s presidential primary election and extend the deadline for absentee ballots because of public health concerns. Yet, there are two more statewide elections in Tennessee this year: the Aug. 6 federal and …