TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jan 30, 2019
State lawmakers have introduced a wave of bills that could change the voting process for Tennesseans, The Nashville Scene reports. Two bills propose changes to voter registration deadlines - a Democrat-backed bill would allow for voter registration on Election Day, while a Republican-backed bill would push the deadline for registration even further from Election Day than the current 30 days. Another bill, sponsored by Republicans Frank Nicely and Ryan Williams, would eliminate open primaries in U.S. Senate elections, giving the authority to choose candidates to the state legislative caucuses. Also included is legislation sponsored by Rep. Jesse Chism and Sen. Brenda Gilmore would allow disenfranchised felons to apply for restoration of voting rights if they are engaged in a payment plan for court costs, restitution or overdue child support.