Tennessee Dems lawsuit seeks release of absentee ballot info

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Absentee Ballots at the Albany County Board of Elections building in Albany, N.Y. Seventeen states prohibit counting ballots cast by someone who subsequently died before the election, but 10 states specifically allow it. The law is silent in the rest of the country, according to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A lawsuit has been filed against Tennessee elections officials seeking the release of absentee ballot information.

The lawsuit was filed Sunday by the state Democratic Party and the campaign of Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Marquita Bradshaw. It accuses elections officials of refusing to release the ballot information as required by state law.

Republican Secretary of State Tre Hargett and elections coordinator Mark Goings are named as defendants.

According to the lawsuit, the secretary of state’s office is required by Tennessee open records law to release if requested a list of voters who have not returned absentee ballots by the end of early voting, which was Saturday.

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