Voting rights group urges Tennessee to extend voting due to tornado damage

Voting rights group urges Tennessee to extend voting due to tornado damage


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Four of the main Democratic presidential campaigns, as well as the Tennessee Democratic Party, filed a lawsuit in a Nashville court on Tuesday to extend polling hours amid heavy tornadoes throughout the city.

Super Tuesday afternoon, campaign lawyers from Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren filed a temporary restraining order with the Davidson Chancery Court, said lawyer Stephen Zralek, which represents the Biden campaign. The group asked that the polling stations remain open until 10 p.m. IS, said Zralek.

A voting rights group also urged Tennessee to extend Tuesday’s primary vote in areas damaged by the tornadoes.

The tornadoes killed at least 22 people and destroyed at least 140 buildings in the midst of severe storms from Texas to North Carolina. A tornado ravaged Nashville.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has declared a state of emergency. President Donald Trump said he would visit the region on Friday to review the damage from “very vicious” tornadoes.

Kristen Clarke, chair of the Lawyers for Civil Rights Under Law Committee, part of a consortium responsible for monitoring election security on Tuesday, urged Lee, Secretary of State Tre Hargett and the election coordinator Mark Goins to extend the voting period.

“It is essential that all voters have the opportunity to vote fairly and fully,” said Clarke. “It is not possible for residents of the Tennessee regions who were devastated by the tornado.”

– Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, and Adam Tamburin and Natalie Allison, Nashville Tennessean

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