WPLN Public Radio (July 18, 2019) — There’s a new push to restore voting rights to felons in Tennessee. Several states, including Florida and New York, have recently expanded enfranchisement to convicted felons.
Local politicians and activists say felon enfranchisement is an especially important issue in Tennessee.
More than 420,000 voting-age individuals in Tennessee have been barred from voting because of a felony conviction, according to a report by Think Tennessee. The state has the third-highest rate of residents banned from voting.