Judge Blocks Tennessee Law Restricting Voter Registration Drives
A federal judge has blocked a new Tennessee law that sought to restrict paid voter registration drives, ruling it an “onerous and intrusive regulatory structure” that would have inhibited free speech and intimidated drive organizers with the threat of financial penalties. U.S. District Judge Aleta A. Trauger ruled Thursday that state officials offered “simply no basis” for the new legislation, which was signed into law in May and scheduled to go into effect Oct. 1. Trauger’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed in May against state election officials by a group of organizations including Campaign Legal Center.
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