Tennessee Halts Voter Purge

Jun 19, 2012

Tennessee elections officials have agreed to stop purging inactive voters from the rolls until after the November election. 

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the decision was made as part of a lawsuit filed against the state by former Democratic U.S. Representative Lincoln Davis, who says he was wrongfully kept from voting in the state's presidential primary in March. Attorney George Barrett, who represents Davis and the state Democratic Party, says the two sides have agreed to ask U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp to appoint a special master to investigate claims that 11,000 voters' records contain partial or completely blank voting histories. Democrats say the missing files affect Republicans, Democrats and independent voters, but argue an independent eye is needed to determine why they were removed.