ThinkTN in the News: In-person voting rule challenges Rutherford County voter ill with COVID-19

Chattanooga Times Free Press (Aug. 14, 2020) — On July 29, Brittney Whidden received a phone call from the Rutherford County Election Commission. While her husband’s absentee ballot had been approved, hers would not be. Whidden pushed back, and the election commission made an exception.

Whidden, who tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering, received her ballot via mail July 31, but is concerned that other voters might not receive a similar exception. Whidden is a white woman and feared Black voters and those who are marginalized may not be given the same treatment.

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