TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Sep 4, 2020

A federal judge will not block Tennessee’s implementation of a law that requires verifying signatures of voters looking to cast ballots by mail, the Associated Press reports. U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson recently rejected a request for a preliminary injunction of the law, ruling that the risk of ballot rejection through the verification process is exceedingly low. He also wrote that voters have other options, including voting in-person early or on Election Day if they are concerned about their signatures. A coalition of voting rights groups had sought permission for voters to fix signature issues before ballots were rejected. The ruling is part of a suit challenging three vote-by-mail restrictions the state has imposed for the November election.