Court keeps Tennessee 1st time voter change pending appeal

Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 7:26 AM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - First-time voters in Tennessee will not have to appear in person to cast a ballot for the November election while an appeals court considers whether to reverse the change.

In a 3-0 ruling, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel declined the state’s effort to get the in-person requirement back in place while the court mulls the case.

The decision keeps the change in place as the Oct. 27 deadline to request an absentee ballot in Tennessee approaches.

The law that has been blocked usually requires first-time voters to vote in person or show ID at the local election office to vote by mail.

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