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 state primary plus county elections and the Nov. 3 general election. If the coronavirus persists beyond the expected April peak, will voters feel safe going to the polls?Shanna Hughey, the president of the Nashville-based think tank ThinkTennessee, has led research and local efforts on civic engagement. Hughey was my guest for this latest episode of the Tennessee Voices videocast.

Watch the video here.