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Tennessee Newspaper Story About Last Week’s Ballot Access Decision

As previously noted, on March 14, a U.S. District Court ruled that Tennessee’s law that disqualifies a party from the ballot after just one election, if it fails the 5% vote test, is unconstitutional. The basis is Equal Protection, because parties that meet the vote test are then ballot-qualified for the next two elections.

Here is a newspaper story about the decision
, in the Johnson City Press.

Meanwhile, committees in both houses of the Tennessee legislature had been expected to hold hearings on the bill lowering the statewide petition for newly-qualifying parties from 2.5% of the last gubernatorial vote (slightly over 40,000 signatures) to exactly 2,500 signatures. But both committees have put over the hearing until March 25.

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