Jun 5, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Judge orders Tennessee to allow vote-by-mail for all registered voters

Tennessee "I Voted" stickers. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Tennessee "I Voted" stickers. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

A Tennessee judge on Thursday ordered the state to permit vote-by-mail for all registered voters, the Tennessean reports.

Why it matters: Mail-in ballots have become a point of political contention in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Though President Trump has claimed mail-in voting will lead to corruption and fraud, multiple states have moved to expand their absentee options amid COVID-19.

  • Tennessee has restricted the use of absentee ballots and mail-in voting to state citizens who were sick, disabled, traveling or the elderly. The state had argued extending mail-in ballots would be impossible, but Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle argued "the evidence does not support" that claim.
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