MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – With only a few months before the next elections, one group is working to make sure as many people as possible will be able to vote.
The group “Restore Your Vote” says Tennessee has some of the most complicated voting restoration laws for convicted felons. As a result, they say there are about 421,000 disenfranchised felons in Tennessee. That’s roughly 8% of the state’s voting population unable to cast a ballot.
“Because we think that in a country everyone be able to have the access to vote. And the country works best when people are able to participate in that process and no one should be barred from it,” said Ashley Caldwell with Restore Your Vote Tennessee.
In order to have your voting rights restored, you can’t have any outstanding court costs or restitution. You also can’t owe on child support.