Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and ACLU-TN supports efforts to expand access to the ballot box.
SB 592/HB 787, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Yarbro and Rep. Mike Stewart, establishes automatic registration of a person to vote when a person applies for a motor vehicle driver license or photo identification license. The measure includes a mechanism for people to attest to their eligibility to vote when they renew their licenses and ensures such registrations will be processed as in-person voter registrations.
UPDATE: SB 592 failed in the Senate State and Local Government Committee and HB 787 failed in the House Local Government Subcommittee on April 11, 2017.
SB 1026/HB 954, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Yarbro and Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, authorizes a qualified person to register and vote, or to update his or her voter information and vote, on the day of an election.
UPDATE: SB 1026 was referred to the Senate State and Local Government Committee on February 13, 2017. HB 954 was taken off notice in the House Local Government Subcommittee on March 28, 2017.
These measures would make registering to vote easy for voters, expanding and diversifying the electorate in the process.
Senate State and Local Government Committee
Senator Paul Bailey, (615) 741-3978, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Richard Briggs, (615) 741-1766, email@example.com
Senator Todd Gardenhire, (615) 741-6682, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Ed Jackson, (615) 741-1810, email@example.com
Senator Jack Johnson, (615) 741-2495, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Bill Ketron, (615) 741-6853, email@example.com
Senator Mark Norris, (615) 741-1967, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Ken Yager, (615) 741-1449, email@example.com
Senator Jeff Yarbro, (615) 741-3291, firstname.lastname@example.org
House Local Government Committee
Representative David Alexander, (615) 741-8695, email@example.com
Representative Dale Carr, (615) 741-5981, firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Barbara Cooper, (615) 741-4295, email@example.com
Representative John Crawford, (615) 741-7623, firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Jimmy Eldridge, (615) 741-7475, email@example.com
Representative Marc Gravitt, (615) 741-1934, firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Dan Howell, (615) 741-7799, email@example.com
Representative Larry Miller, (615) 741-4453, firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Antonio Parkinson, (615) 741-4575, email@example.com
Representative Cameron Sexton, (615) 741-2343, firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Jerry Sexton, (615) 741-2534, email@example.com
Representative Tim Wirgau, (615) 741-6804, firstname.lastname@example.org