Second lawsuit filed against Tennessee over controversial voter registration law
A week after Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill creating a series of new mandates for voter registration groups — under the threat of civil and criminal penalties — a second federal lawsuit has been filed against the state, arguing the law will hinder voter registration, particularly among minorities. The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Tennessee, the Campaign Legal Center, and Fair Elections Center filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of several voter registration groups. According to the lawsuit, the new law is "vague and overbroad" and will "chill constitutionally protected core political speech." The result, plaintiffs say, will be less information to the public about how to participate in voting and fewer options to register to vote.
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