Judge won’t block 3 Tennessee vote-by-mail laws for primary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge will not block three Tennessee laws dealing with absentee voting for the Aug. 6 primary election amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the groups that sought the action should have requested it earlier.

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U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson in Nashville issued the order Tuesday on the laws that keep first-time voters who registered by mail from voting absentee, bar the unsolicited distribution of requests for applications for absentee ballots by non-election workers, and spell out a signature verification process for those voters.

Richardson wrote that he will still consider whether to block the laws for the November election.

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