politics and Government


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court panel won't change Tennessee's signature matching requirement for voting by mail ahead of the November election.


Three judges from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals split on the decision Thursday, which upholds a lower court's ruling.


For the majority, Judge Julia Smith Gibbons wrote that there is no evidence anyone's constitutional rights are likely to be infringed by Tennessee's signature verification procedures.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Tennessee’s 48-hour waiting period law for abortions is unconstitutional.


In a Wednesday ruling, U.S. District Judge Bernard Freidman says the law “substantially burdens women seeking an abortion in Tennessee."



WASHINGTON, DC. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn took direct aim at fellow Senator and Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris during yesterday’s confirmation hearing for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Senator Harris asked Judge Barrett whether she would vote to strike down Obamacare if seated on the High Court. Barrett responded that she would simply use the law’s wording to interpret what Congress intended when it passed the Affordable Care Act.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Early voting begins Wednesday in Tennessee for the Nov. 3 election.

Eligible Tennessee residents can vote Monday through Saturday through Thursday, Oct. 29.

Voters can find information about early voting and Election Day voting locations by using the GoVoteTN app or by going on GoVoteTN.com.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee election officials have adjusted the rules for how some first-time voters seeking to vote by mail can provide identifying documents in response to a court ruling.


New instructions come after a federal judge last month blocked a law requiring first-time voters to vote at the polls, or show ID at the local election office to vote absentee.