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Former Rep. Sues Tennessee After Denied Right To Vote

Former Rep. Sues Tennessee After Denied Right To Vote

A former congressman is suing the state of Tennessee after being denied the right to vote in the state’s Super Tuesday primary.

Former Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-TN) had his name erroneously removed from the voter rolls and was therefore unable to vote since Tennessee does not permit same-day voter registration. Davis had his name removed from voter rolls under a state-directed review of those rolls. Apparently Davis had been wrongly registered to vote in two counties due to a clerical error. He was then purged from the rolls in Fentress County where Davis has voted since 1995.

Davis is seeking class action status in his lawsuit against the state on behalf of all voters whose names were erroneously removed from voter rolls. “This lawsuit is not about me,” Davis said, according to WBIR News. “Rather, I’m taking this action to ensure that the State of Tennessee is required to restore all Tennesseans to the voting rolls whose names were improperly removed.”

Purging registered voters from voter rolls and then failing to notify them in time to make sure they are properly registered for the next election is quite simply routine dirty politics. This is especially true in the South where purging voter polls was one response to the reality that African-Americans, women, and those who don’t own property have the right to vote.

It’s also another reminder that while Republicans may make a lot of noise concerning voter fraud, but it won’t be until November that the full extent of election fraud issues like this come to light.

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1:34PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Mickey Mouse can't vote in American (or any other countries elections) but he can get elected to office in Sweden. Every election there a number of votes for Mickey, Donald Duck, Bamse the Bear, Duck-ists, Tarzan and other figures of imagination. All votes are counted and properly registered and presented to the public. I once voted in a church election (this was before the separation of church and state) and while in the booth made up a party name which I put on the ballot: "The Anarchist Lesbian Heathen Party". Only got one vote but it was properly registered and eventually released for publication. Oh, how fun it is to vote! LOL

8:28PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Sadly, the real fraud here is that being perpetrated by the paleoconservatards in the form of fraudulent reports re. the incident rate of voter fraud.

FACT: One is 39 times more likely to be struck by lightening than to attempt to engage in voter fraud.

11:14PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

He is aptly named. Mr. Davis...Go man, GO!!

6:57PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Go, Mr. Davis, GO !!!

6:52PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Wonderful news. The republican attempts to disenfranchise anyone who votes against them has run into disenfranchising the wrong voter! If you have any doubts that the republicans don't give a damn about ensuring the population can vote, take a look at the website for the election commission of the county that I live in in Tennessee at The last time the site was updated was over 2 years ago when a democrat was in charge of the election commission. Unless you check with the state election commission, or pay for a subscription to the local newspaper you have no way of finding out about upcoming elections and without the subscription no way to see a sample ballot.

6:37PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

The biggest voter Fraud was committed by James O'Keef not Acorn. I hope he spends many years in a Federal Prison for his real voter fraud done knowly to prove his extreme views.

6:31PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

I was wondering why I had'nt heard of any law suits against the state of Tennessee who by the way was one of the first states to inflict these harsh voting laws on the people of that state. Thank goodness for Linclon Davis.

3:36PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Fred K - sorry to disappoint you but registering anyone to vote, including Micky Mouse or Atilla the Hun, is NOT voter fraud. It only becomes fraud if the person shows up to vote. Never, in the history of voting, has Micky ever actually tried to vote - no matter who or how many times he was registered. The only thing with ACORN was they were defrauded by the employees who made up registrations to get more money. People in need do thing like that sometimes. You really need to do some research about what voter fraud is before you accuse anyone of this crime.

3:21PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

OMG, Fred K. you've been watching tooo much Fox News or listening to Limbaugh toooo much. All of those stories about Acorn were shown to be untrue, but, too late.

2:35PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

In Tennessee this primary election go round, a decorated veteran, who had ID refused to display it as a protest over this restriction of his freedom. Of course he was denied the right to vote.

I advised the very nice lady at my polling place I was lodging a formal protest with her over the same issue. Then I voted.

How about sending the I voted sticker to your state rep as a protest? Volunteering at the polls to list all (who wish to be listed) denied the right to vote is a great idea Sandra C.

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