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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 9, 2019

U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger today denied the state’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by four groups challenging a new voter registration law that imposes penalties for turning in incomplete forms, The Daily Memphian reports. The suit, brought by the NAACP, Democracy Nashville-Democratic Communities, The Equity Alliance and the Andrew Goodman Foundation, argues the law places “burdensome requirements” on organizations trying to register people to vote and will have a “chilling effect” on registrations. In her ruling, Trauger said, “If Tennessee is concerned that voter registration drives are being done incompetently, it can engage in public education efforts without relying on a complex and punitive regulatory scheme.”