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Apr 15, 2019

Voting Rights: Tennessee GOP Backs Bill To Make Voter Registration Drives Harder

Tennessee Republicans are moving forward with legislation that would make voter registration drives more burdensome in the state, with both state House and Senate committees advancing the bill. The proposal would fine voter registration drives for turning in too many “deficient” registration forms and also imposes criminal penalties for violations of certain rules concerning registration drives. It comes after election officials were sued over their rejected of thousands of voter registration forms ahead of the 2018 election. Texas officials have rebuffed a request for documents from the U.S. House as part of the Oversight Committee’s inquiry into voting rights issues in the state and elsewhere in the country. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a letter Thursday that the House committee lacks “oversight jurisdiction” over the state and accused U.S. lawmakers of “inserting” themselves “into the statutorily-required efforts on the part of state officials to detect and prosecute non-citizen voting.” The Oversight Committee is interested in Texas’ botched efforts…

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