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On May 9, 2019, CLC, along with its co-counsel in League of Women Voters of Tennessee v. Hargett, filed suit against Tennessee challenging the state’s new voter registration law, known as House Bill 1079-Senate Bill 971. The law imposes some of the most stringent regulations on community organized voter registration activity in the county, accompanied by steep civil fines and criminal penalties any violation, no matter how small. Together with co-counsel, CLC represents the League of Women Voters of Tennessee, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, the American Muslim Advisory Council, Rock the Vote, and Spread the Vote in challenging the new law, which plainly violates the First Amendment speech and associational rights of the Plaintiffs by chilling their voter registration activity.
On May 9, 2019, CLC, along with its co-counsel in League of Women Voters of Tennessee v. Hargett, sent a letter to Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins informing them that the state’s new voter registration law, known as House Bill 1079-Senate Bill 971, violates the National Voter Registration Act (“NVRA”). The letter provides formal notice of the ways in which the law imposes unjustified restrictions on community-based voter registration, in violation of the NVRA. As the letter explains, the state law’s voter registration restrictions conflict with and are therefore preempted by the NVRA.
Tennessee enacted a law severely curtailing the ability of civic organizations to conduct voter registration activities. CLC serves as counsel in a case challenging the constitutionality of the law.
CLC and End Citizens United filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on May 9, 2019 alleging that the Trump campaign illegally solicited contributions to the super PAC America First Action.