Stop the Purge

Recent media reports have documented Tennessee’s process of illegally purging voters who did not vote in two consecutive November elections.

Tennessee Citizen Action believes the process used in Tennessee is unacceptable and strikingly similar to the process used in Ohio — a process that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled was a violation of the National Voter Registration Act.

We are calling on Secretary of State Tre Hargett to immediately restore voting rights to those impacted by this unjust process.
Tomorrow is a national election of great significance. Voters should not be inconvenienced or discouraged from voting because of our state’s unfair purging process.

Simply telling them to request a provisional ballot is not enough — Hargett must act now to restore voting rights to those purged as a result of not voting in consecutive November elections. A provisional ballot allows a potential voter to fill out a paper ballot on Election Day. Then, if it is later determined that voter was eligible to vote in the election, the vote is counted. Voters must know their votes will be counted. And voters who were purged should not be denied the right to cast a vote that counts immediately.

“Tennessee’s Secretary of State should be in the business of encouraging voting, not putting up roadblocks,” said TNCA Executive Director Andy Spears “We should be making it easier to vote, not more difficult. The time to restore voting rights is now.”

Take action now. Contact Secretary of State Tre Hargett and tell him to restore voting rights to voters illegally purged immediately!

For more on protecting ballot access in Tennessee, follow @TNCitizenAction



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