Tennessee Judge rules for mail in voting during COVID-19 pandemic

Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that the state has to give all 4.1 million Tennesseans the option to mail in vote during the pandemic.

The decision comes as lawmakers are looking for ways to keep voters safe for the primary election, which is only a month away.

In the ruling by Chancellor Lyle it mandates the state to provide eligible voters an absentee ballot if they ask for one to avoid contraction or the spread of COVID-19.

“You know, if it’s done fair and done right, I see no problem with it", say voter, Wayne Markle.

Voter, Sandra McIntee, says, “I think that will probably make more people vote.”

The ruling also says that this information needs to be prominently posted on the state’s website and given to county election officials.

This ruling pertains to all elections in 2020 including the August primary and the November general election.

Voters say their biggest concern is the lack of social distancing at the polls.

“Since COVID-19, everybody is trying to keep distance, and some people still is difficult even with the distance, so for those who don’t want to leave their homes, i think it is a great idea for them", says voter, Emma Ward.

“I would prefer to do a mail in, opposed to going into the polls with everybody around and people not have on masks", McIntee adds.

Sources say that the state may appeal this ruling soon.

Imani Williams for 39 News in Jackson.

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