Lawsuit challenges Tennessee's new voter registration regulations

May 8, 2019

Ezra Rosenberg, Co-Director, Voting Rights Project

  WASHINGTON, DC (OSBORNE) -- An initial hearing for the lawsuit challenging Tennessee’s new voter registration law is set for July 1. That's according to the activists who brought the suit, the Washington DC based Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR).

Federal judge Aleta Trauger will hold a status hearing in her Nashville courtroom on that date.

LCCR attorney Ezra Rosenberg calls Tennessee’s new regulations governing voter registration “draconian.”

“We view this law a very serious intrusion on very fundamental constitutional rights under the First Amendment and the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.”

Supporters say the new regulations are necessary given incidents that took place ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

The Tennessee Secretary of State says a West Tennessee voter registration group submitted hundreds of registration cards late and with many filled out incorrectly.