Legislation To Clean Up Voter Rolls Heads To Senate And House Committees

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

Two bills aimed at cleaning up voter rolls in Tennessee are scheduled to be considered in both House and Senate Committees next week.

Both bills, sponsored by State Senator Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald-District 28), propose new procedures that would remove those individuals who have died, former residents who moved out of state, and non-U.S. citizens who are not legally registered to vote.

Senate Bill 0136 (SB0136), as introduced, requires reports of deaths in relation to maintaining voter registration lists to include the date of death and also requires the coordinator of elections to prepare a report for the general assembly regarding death of registered voters.

The companion House Bill 0246 (HB0246) is sponsored by Representative Jody Barrett (R-Dickson-District 69).

Senate Bill 0137 (SB0137), as introduced, requires the coordinator of elections to compare the statewide voter registration database with those of other relevant state agencies and county records when compiling information to distribute to the county elections commissions for purposes of purging voters who have moved. It also requires the coordinator of elections to compare the statewide voter registration database with the department of safety database to ensure non-U.S. citizens are not registered to vote in the state.

Representative Bryan Richey (R-Maryville-District 20) is the sponsor of the companion House Bill 0835 (HB0835).

Currently, in Tennessee, there is no requirement that the State Coordinator of Elections do any kind of check immigration status of potential voters on the SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) database to be certain that they are, in fact, legally entitled to vote in the United States.

Both Senate bills have been placed on the Senate State and Local Government Committee calendar for March 21st. The House bills will be considered by the House Elections and Campaign Finance Subcommittee on March 22nd.

Anyone who would like to express support for these pieces of legislation is encouraged to contact Senate and House members using the contact information below prior to those meeting dates:

Senate State and Local Government Committee

Sen. Richard Briggs (R) (Chair) – sen.richard.briggs@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-1766

Sen. Page Walley (R) (Vice-Chair) – sen.page.walley@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-2368

Sen. Mark Pody (R) (2nd Vice-Chair) – sen.mark.pody@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-2421

Sen. Ed Jackson (R) – sen.ed.jackson@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-1810

Sen. Sara Kyle (D) – sen.sara.kyle@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-4167

Sen. Adam Lowe (R) – sen.adam.lowe@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-1946

Sen. John Stevens (R) – sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-4576

Sen. Ken Yager (R) – sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-1449

Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D) – sen.jeff.yarbro@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-3291

House Elections and Campaign Finance Subcommittee

Rep. Tim Rudd (R) – Chair – rep.tim.rudd@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-2804

Rep. Jeff Burkhart (R) – rep.jeff.burkhart@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-6804

Rep. John Crawford (R) – rep.john.crawford@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-7623

Rep. Clay Doggett (R) – rep.clay.doggett@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-7476

Rep. Esther Helton-Haynes (R) – rep.esther.helton@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-1934

Rep. Larry Miller (R) – rep.larry.miller@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-4453

Rep. Jerome Moon (R) – rep.jerome.moon@capitol.tn.gov – (615) 741-5481

About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com

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