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Living in RV costs Bradley [County, TN] voters
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|Media||Newspaper - Knoxville News-Sentinel|
|News Date||Wednesday, November 7, 2007 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||When your home is the open road, where do you register to vote? |
A total of 286 people who live full time in their recreational vehicles were dropped from the voter rolls in one Tennessee county during the past two years because they did not have a genuine home address, only a mailbox. That has left them unable to vote in national or local elections.
What happened in Tennessee may be an extreme case, but an Associated Press review of laws and policies across the nation found that election officials sometimes make it difficult for the nation's thousands of devoted RVers to cast a ballot.
"Americans should not be disqualified from voting because of their lifestyle choice to travel," said Hedy Weinberg, director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Tennessee, which went to federal court Tuesday to challenge the purge of RVers in Tennessee's rural Bradley County. "For our state and election commission to purge them from the list is unfair and is unconstitutional and flies in the face of our democracy as we know it."
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