Measures We Oppose

Measures We Oppose

Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws opposes the following (non-exhaustive) list of measures:

1.  Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-19-142 (False Campaign Literature) (“It is a Class C misdemeanor for any person to publish or distribute or cause to be published or distributed any campaign literature in opposition to any candidate in any election if such person knows that any such statement, charge, allegation, or other matter contained therein with respect to such candidate is false.”).

-Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws OPPOSES Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-19-142 because it has disturbing potential to be used to threaten protected political speech and criticism of public officials.

2.  Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-10-117 (Time Limitation on Contributions) (“No multicandidate political campaign committee other than a committee controlled by a political party on the national, state, or local level or by a caucus of such political party established by members of either house of the general assembly shall make a contribution to any candidate after the tenth day before an election until the day of the election.”).

-Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws OPPOSES Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-10-117 because it contains an explicit speaker preference, favoring party-controlled PACs by allowing them to speak within the critical 10-day period before an election, but denying that same opportunity to disfavored non-partisan PACs.

3.  Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-10-302 (contribution limits)

-Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws OPPOSES Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-10-302 because it inhibits citizens’ ability to participate in democracy.

4.  Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-19-102 (Violation of title) (“A person commits a Class C misdemeanor if such person knowingly does any act prohibited by this title, or if such person knowingly fails to do any act which such person is required to do by this title, or if such person knowingly does any act with the intent that another shall do an act prohibited by this title.”)

-Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws OPPOSES Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-19-102 because it represents a catch-all provision that criminalizes all aspects of Tennessee’s election laws, significantly chilling citizens’ constitutionally protected political speech.

5.  Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-7-142 (Ballot Selfies) (“Any voter using a mobile electronic or communication device as allowed in subsection (a) shall be prohibited from using the device for telephone conversations, recording, or taking photographs or videos while inside the polling place.”).

-Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws OPPOSES Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-7-142 because it prohibits a harmless, popular, and meaningful way to celebrate voting.

6.  Campaign Finance Regulation 0530-1-3-.07(4)(a)(1) (Independent Expenditures) (“‘Independent expenditure’ means an expenditure by a person for a communication expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate which is not made with the cooperation or with the prior consent of, or in consultation with, or at the request of, or suggestion of, a candidate or any agent or authorized committee of such candidate.  ‘Made with the cooperation or with the prior consent of, or in consultation with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate or any agent or authorized committee of the candidate’ means: (a) Any arrangement, coordination, or direction by the candidate or his/her agent prior to the publication, distribution, display, or broadcast of the communication. An expenditure will be presumed to be so made when it is: (1) Based on information about the candidate’s plans, projects, or needs provided to the expending person by the candidate, or by the candidate’s agent(s), with a view toward having an expenditure made”).

-Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws OPPOSES Campaign Finance Regulation 0530-1-3-.07(4)(a)(1) because it chills politically active citizens’ rights to participate in electing candidates of their choosing based on their familiarity with the candidate or their prior employment.

7.  Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-2-105/Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-2-106(e) (voter purging for inactivity) (“If the voter fails to respond to the confirmation notice, does not appear to vote, and does not update the voter registration between the time the notice is sent and the second regular November election held after the notice was sent, the administrator of elections shall purge the voter’s registration.”)

-Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws OPPOSES Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-2-106(e) because it punishes voters for exercising their constitutional right not to vote in an election.

8.  Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-3-102/Tenn. Code Ann. § 2-3-106 (district drawing)

-While recognizing that the more competitive a district is, the less representative it is, Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws OPPOSES any efforts to discriminate against voters based on their political affiliation.

9.  Constitutional Election of Attorney General (Tenn. Const. art. VI, § 5);

-Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws OPPOSES Tenn. Const. art. VI, § 5 and SUPPORTS the General Assembly’s proposed constitutional amendment to REVISE or AMEND it because citizens of the State of Tennessee should be trusted and empowered to select their own Attorney General.

10.  Tenn. Const. art. I, § 5 (Elections and suffrage) (“The elections shall be free and equal, and the right of suffrage, as hereinafter declared, shall never be denied to any person entitled thereto, except upon conviction by a jury of some infamous crime, previously ascertained and declared by law, and judgment thereon by court of competent jurisdiction.”)

-Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws OPPOSES the highlighted portion of Tenn. Const. art. I, § 5 and supports its REVISION OR AMENDMENT because it denies citizens a right to participate in democracy, even after they have finished paying their debt to society.


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Paid for by Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws.  George S. Scoville III, Treasurer.  Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee, but we don’t think it should be a crime not to tell you that.