On Thursday, American Civil Liberties Union voting rights attorney Dale Ho announced that a judge has partially granted a contempt motion against the state of Tennessee, for failing to comply with a prior court ruling compelling the state to allow voters to use COVID-19 risk as a reason to cast a mail-in ballot.
The court ruling condemned the state lawyers' counterarguments, saying "shame on you" — and threatened "criminal contempt" if the problem is not resolved.
Plaintiffs in Tennessee absentee voting case file contempt motion against state @aclu @aclutn https://t.co/Vs73xrmv6j— Dale Ho (@Dale Ho)1591722740.0
UPDATE: Court just granted our motion in part, found that state was NOT complying w/ Order to process absentee voti… https://t.co/uVZUi8ZVPa— Dale Ho (@Dale Ho)1591902374.0
Tennessee has among the strictest absentee voting requirements in the country, requiring a valid excuse to cast a ballot by mail. These requirements have been targeted by voting rights activists as the threat of COVID-19 spreading at polling stations has caused concern.