Hargett says no to changing voter purge rules

Secretary of State Tre Hargett is rejecting calls by the Tennessee League of Women Voters and a New York law firm to change how the state purges inactive voters from voter registration lists in light of a U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in an Ohio case, reports the Times-Free Press.

In his letter Friday, Hargett, a Republican, said his office “has reviewed [the] letter alleging that Tennessee is in violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. We believe that Tennessee’s laws for removing voters are substantially different than the laws and directives at issue in Ohio.”

Hargett added: “Additionally, your letter was not received until after early voting had begun across the state, and changing the rules at this stage of the process would present a major disruption to elections in Tennessee.”

With Tennessee also falling under the 6th Circuit’s jurisdiction, League of Women Voters President Marian Ott and Stuart Naifeh, a senior counsel with the New York-based law firm Demos involved in the Ohio litigation, wrote letters to Hargett saying he should drop what they called Tennessee’s similar method of purging voters from registration lists.

Asked about Hargett’s decision, Ott said Friday afternoon, “[The] League of Women Voters of Tennessee is obviously disappointed in Secretary Hargett’s response. His response offers no information about why the facts in Tennessee are substantially different than in the Ohio case because they are not different — Tennessee has a purging process based on nonvoting.”

One Response to Hargett says no to changing voter purge rules

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    Jerry McDonough says:

    If a person does not care enough to vote for that length of time, let them re-register to vote when they decide to vote, otherwise their lack of voting is an open door to voter fraud already too common in this country. I hate to awaken these “big timers” from up north, but there is such a thing as Nullification. The federal law is only what States allow. Read the 10th Amendment to the 1787 Constitution. Without the first ten amendments there would be no United States. Most States would not vote for ratification.

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