Review finds few potential non-citizen voters

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Davidson County Election Commission member's statement that the motor voter law had let thousands of non-residents register as voters locally hasn't held up in a state review.

At a March 24 meeting of the election commission, Steve Abernathy said there could be 3,000 to 10,000 non-citizens on the voter rolls in the county.

The Tennessean reported state Election Coordinator Mark Goins's office said a review of voter registration lists showed only 14 "potential non-citizens."

Blake Fontenay of the Tennessee Division of Elections said just one of those people had ever attempted to vote.

After Abernathy proposed reviewing the citizenship of foreign-born voters, the GOP legislative delegation from the county nominated replacements for him and the two other Republican commission members.


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