Tennessee Takes Key Steps to Improve Integrity in Elections

Press Releases · May 2, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, Heritage Action, a national conservative grassroots organization with two million grassroots activists nationwide, including thousands in Tennessee, released a statement from Executive Director Jessica Anderson applauding Tennessee Governor Bill Lee for signing HB 2128 and HB 2483 into law.

Restoring faith and integrity in our elections is paramount for the future of our republic. Thanks to the General Assembly and Governor Lee passing and enacting HB 2128 and HB 2483, Tennesseans can be more confident that their votes will count, their voices will be heard, and only eligible voters are able to cast a ballot.

When those who are not qualified to vote violate election laws, it cancels a vote and voice from a citizen exercising their rights at the ballot box. HB 2128 will promote a new standard of security by properly reserving the right to vote for citizens and requiring courts to report lists of disqualified voters to the coordinator of elections, and HB 2483 will ensure that the General Assembly can do everything possible to protect these standards.

HB 2128 will bolster election integrity in the state by ensuring only citizens are able to vote and requiring courts to send lists of disqualified voters from the jury selection process to the coordinator of elections. HB 2483 will empower the General Assembly with legal standing to take action against state officials who violate election laws.

Background: Last year, Heritage Action invested an initial $10 million into a first-ever state advocacy campaign to secure and strengthen state election systems. This year, Heritage Action is continuing to work with state governments and grassroots leaders to advance conservative priorities in the states.

The Heritage Foundation has also documented over one thousand incidents of criminal convictions and voter fraud at the Election Fraud Database, showing that some criminals have been able to exploit longstanding vulnerabilities in election systems to commit voter fraud.