ThinkTN in the News: Activists And Lawmakers Push To Restore Felony Voting Rights In Tennessee

WPLN Public Radio (July 18, 2019) — There’s a new push to restore voting rights to felons in Tennessee. Several states, including Florida and New York, have recently expanded enfranchisement to convicted felons. Local politicians and activists say felon enfranchisement is an especially important issue in Tennessee. More than 420,000 voting-age individuals in Tennessee have been barred from voting because of a felony conviction, according to a report by Think Tennessee. The state has the …

ThinkTN in the News: A look at a landmark Supreme Court case with Tennessee ties and gerrymandering

Grand Divisions Podcast — On this episode, we revisit Baker v. Carr, the landmark 1962 case that led to a “reapportionment revolution” while ensuring minorities had equal representation in state legislatures across the country. Later, we chat with Shanna Hughey, president of ThinkTennessee, a Nashville-based nonpartisan think tank about gerrymandering. And as usual, we discuss the latest news of the week, including Rep. Gloria Johnson’s plans to file a resolution during the upcoming special session …

ThinkTN in the News: Supreme Court lets states continue gerrymandering unchecked

Daily Memphian (June 28, 2019) — The impact of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in which it declined to set limits on partisan gerrymandering could be felt in Tennessee when it starts redistricting in two years. Controlling Republicans in the Legislature will be able to continue to draw political district lines as they see fit, based on the 5-4 decision led by conservative justices, enabling them to hold an advantage over minority Democrats. … In …

ThinkTN in the News: Tennessee Democrats criticize, Republicans praise Supreme Court ruling allowing partisan gerrymandering

Chattanooga Times Free Press (June 27, 2019) — Tennessee Democrats are condemning Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 ruling that closes the door to federal courts blocking even the most extreme partisan gerrymandering, in which the majority party that controls a state legislature draws political maps to benefit its candidates. … That’s what Shanna Singh Hughey, president of the nonpartisan group Think Tennessee, hopes happens in the Volunteer State. “I think what this really is that …

Following Supreme Court Decision, Report Urges More Open Redistricting Process in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 27, 2019) – A new policy brief released today by nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee finds that even small changes to the process Tennessee uses to draw its federal and state legislative districts could increase civic engagement and help avoid costly litigation challenging the legitimacy of new maps. Nearly 60 years after handing down its decision in Baker v. Carr, the Tennessee case that paved the way for the “one person, one vote” …