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Tennessee gov signs election bills from virus-paused session

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed several election law changes that lawmakers passed before they recessed due to the coronavirus.

Changes to voter registration penalties were hailed as a win by groups that sued and convinced a judge to block the harsher restrictions passed last year.

The new law removes misdemeanor penalties for not completing certain administrative requirements and eliminates fines for submitting too many incomplete registration forms.

Another law allows approved use of emergency supersites if polling places are rendered unusable, largely in response to Super Tuesday tornadoes.

Efforts to expand absentee voting during the pandemic were defeated.

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