Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett says a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning Arizona's law requiring proof of citizenship for people registering to vote does not impact Tennessee's election laws. The justices' ruling Monday complicates efforts in Arizona and other states to bar voting by people who are in the country illegally. Hargett says Tennessee doesn't require that proof when registering to vote, but the voter must swear that he or she is a citizen.
The state passed a law about two years ago allowing state election officials to purge noncitizen residents from election rolls. Anyone listed as a noncitizen and registered to vote has 30 days to present proof of citizenship or be purged from the rolls.