Tennessee must be allowed to vote by mail in the virus, the judge said

Ruling Thursday, Tennessee should give all of its 41.1 million registered voters the option to vote by mail during the coronavirus epidemic.

Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lille has ruled that the state’s limit on absentee voting during the epidemic is “an unreasonable burden on the fundamental right to vote guaranteed by the Tennessee Constitution.” The judge wrote that any “voter could receive an absentee ballot to avoid an agreement or passage on COVD-19 in the forthcoming elections in the event of an epidemic.”

The decision supports the firm determination of Republican Secretary of State Trey Harrett’s office that no one will be eligible to vote in the mail for fear of inadvertently spreading or spreading the virus in polls. The state argued that such an expansion would not be possible for the 2020 elections, claiming there were other concerns, including a lack of money, staff and equipment to increase turnout by mail.

For this decision, the state should “post prominently on their website and publicize to county election officials that voters who do not wish to vote in person due to the CVVID-11 virus can apply for an absentee ballot by mail or at the time of primary polling or election day. There are still options to vote in person.

The judge wrote that the state took an “unsolicited” position and relied on “strangely skewed” assumptions – including 100% of registered voters preparing to cast absentee ballots – if it went against its own expertise and industry standards. Eleven states, on the other hand, have adopted a “do-it-yourself” approach by relaxing mail voting for the 2020 election, while two-thirds of states have allowed everyone to vote by mail year after year, Lyle writes.

“However, when common industry-recognized assumptions are used, the evidence proves that Tennessee has the resources to provide temporary extended access to voting by mail during epidemics if the state, like other states, provides leadership and inspiration,” the judge wrote.

Harrett spokeswoman Julia Brook indicated that the fight was expected to be an appeal. The attorney general’s office called the court’s decision a failure to properly consider “broad security measures” in the state’s Covid-19 election plan.

Attorney General Herbert Slateri said in a statement that “instead of passing the law by the people’s elected officials on their own, it ignores the reality of another court decision, implementing such a decision, and doing so in the midst of an epidemic and budget crisis.”

Tennessee has more than a dozen categories that make anyone eligible for the missing ballot from sick to 60 years of age or older.

Republican-led legislature and GOP government Bill Lee has rejected the proposal to give absentee ballots to all voters, with lawmakers voting against the Democratic expansion proposal more than once this week, despite the epidemic being seen from time to time.

Instead, state election officials have recommended preparations, although all 1.4 million registered voters aged 60 and over will cast their ballots in early August – about 1 in 3 registered voters. Hist Historically, Tennessee mail has historically seen less than 2.5% of votes cast by mail, the state said.

Lawsuits have been filed against multiple states, including Texas, where a federal judge last month ordered a voter to cast a missing vote in the epidemic.

Tennessee’s voter turnout was 14% in early August 2016, then about 62% in the November 2016 general election, featuring the presidential election. In the 2018 non-presidential year, about 30% of registered voters cast ballots in early August, and 54% in the November election.

Tennessee’s August election will be another test case as U.S. states try to safely prepare for the fall general election announced by President Donald Trump’s re-election bid, who voted strongly against absentee voting during the epidemic.

The state court lawsuits were led by #Up theVovT 901 and the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee.

“This is a great victory for the right to vote,” said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. “This ruling removes the excuse requirement for the 2020 election, meaning Tennesseans do not have to risk their health to vote.”

The Civil Rights Committee and the Propaganda Legal Center have filed a similar federal lawsuit under the Lawyers Act.

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