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Tenn. urged to extend voting because of tornado – live Super Tuesday updates

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Mar 3, 2020 at 5:40 PM

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Four of the top Democratic presidential campaigns, along with the Tennessee Democratic Party, filed suit in a Nashville court on Tuesday to extend poll times amid heavy tornado damage throughout the city.

On Super Tuesday afternoon, lawyers representing the campaigns of Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren filed for a temporary restraining order in Davidson County Chancery Court, said attorney Stephen Zralek, who is representing the Biden campaign. The group is asking for polling places to remain open until 10 p.m. EST, Zralek said.

A voting-rights group also urged Tennessee to extend Tuesday’s primary voting in areas damaged by tornadoes.

Tornadoes killed at least 22 people and shredded at least 140 buildings amid violent storms ranging from Texas to North Carolina. A tornado cut a swatch of destruction through Nashville.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency. President Donald Trump said he would visit the region Friday to review damage from the “very vicious” tornadoes.Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, part of a consortium monitoring election security on Tuesday, urged Lee, Secretary of State Tre Hargett and elections coordinator Mark Goins to extend the period for voting.“It is critical that all voters be provided a fair and full opportunity to vote,” Clarke said. “That is not possible for people in those parts of Tennessee that have been devastated by […]

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