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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