Former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis sues State of Tennessee over voting rights

Former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis sues State of Tennessee over voting rights

March 12th, 2012 by Ansley Haman in Local - Breaking News

Former Congressman Lincoln Davis speaks to supporters and the media in McMinnville, Tenn. in this file photo.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

Former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis is filing a federal class-action lawsuit today against the state on behalf of state residents "improperly purged" from voting rolls.

Davis, a Democrat, said he was denied his right to vote after his name illegally was cleared from the voter registration rolls.

The suit, which names Gov. Bill Haslam, Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins in their official capacities, argues that the state's purge violated Davis' and others' 14th Amendment due process rights.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.