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 …

ThinkTN in the News: Quote

Voting During the Pandemic: Temporarily Expanding Absentee Voting Will Protect Tennessee Voters issue brief cited by WMC5 Action News (June 4, 2020) Read the full story here.

ThinkTN in the News: Research Cited

Voting During the Pandemic: Temporarily Expanding Absentee Voting Will Protect Tennessee Voters issue brief cited by the Chattanooga Times Free Press (June 4, 2020) Read the full story here.

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 …