Legislation Could Let 17-Year-Olds Vote

Chattanooga (AP) -- Legislation intended to boost election turnouts would allow some 17-year-old voters to cast ballots in party primaries and expand the early voting period.

Democratic Senator Doug Jackson of Dickson has introduced the two bills.

One would allow Tennesseans who become 18-years-old by the date of a general election to vote in the pre-election primary. The other measure would lengthen the early voting period by a week.

Jackson says other states have allowed people to vote in a primary if they will be 18 by the general election.

Tennessee Election Coordinator Brook Thompson says his office has not taken a position on the bills.

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