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Tennessee: felons seeking registration

The Jackson Sun reports: An easier process and some say Barack Obama's historic nomination as the Democratic Party's candidate for president have led a larger number of felons in Tennessee to seek restoration of their voting rights this year.

As of Thursday, the state had restored voting rights to 1,131 felons this year, said Brook Thompson, Tennessee's election coordinator.

That is just more than double what the state election office processed last year and also more than twice what they had processed as of midsummer.

Kim Buckley, Madison County's election administrator, said her office does not keep track of how many requests it receives, but she estimated that her staff has been handling four to five each day in recent weeks in anticipation of today's registration deadline for the November election. -- Tennessee felons pursue restoration of voting rights | jacksonsun.com |

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