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According to Tennessee Elections Coordinator Mark Goins, fear of the COVID-19 pandemic is not enough reason to grant mail in voting in the state, The Associated Press reports.

  • Goins said on Tuesday that the determination was made after he had consulted with the attorney general's office.
  • 1.4 million registered voters 60 or older will have the ability to vote by mail in the August primary election due to their vulnerability to the virus.
  • Allowing seniors to use absentee voting is part of Tennessee’s COVID-19 election contingency plan, which was prepared by the state Division of Elections.
  • Two lawsuits were filed by a coalition of Tennessee nonprofits on Friday to expand mail-in voting for all residents.

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