Tennessee Bill Targets Voter Registration Advocacy Groups

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A Student at South Cobb High School registers to vote, February 6, 2018 (REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry).

Amid fierce opposition, Tennessee’s state House of Representatives passed a measure on April 15 which would impose fines on community groups that file incomplete voter registration applications. Opponents of HB1079 claim the measure will suppress minority voters in a state where voter turnout is already very low.

The Republican-backed measure requires voter registration groups to undergo training and would impose fines on those same groups if they submit too many incomplete forms, according to The Tennessean. The House approved the bill with a vote of 71-26.

Protesters rallied at the state Capitol to denounce the bill, which they believe is an effort to combat newly registered Black and Latino voters during the 2018 midterm elections. “It’s clearly intended to have a chilling effect on voting efforts across Tennessee,” said Democratic state…

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