TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Oct 21, 2014

Restrictions over where people can place campaign signs and distribute political materials at Nashville voting locations could be unconstitutional, the Davidson County Election Commission has advised. In a letter last week to leaders of the Nashville Public Library and City of Belle Meade, election commission Chairman Ronald Buchanan urged both to scrap policies used in previous election cycles that regulate campaign activity on property beyond the parameters of 100-foot campaign-free zones. This zone, which extends from voting booths under Tennessee state law, is intended to give voters a space that is free of campaign activity, harassment or intimidation. Metro Nashville library officials, who oversee five early voting sites set to open Tuesday, still plan to enforce the policy, the Tennessean reports.