Judge: Decision on Tennessee voting rights suit may come after primary

Voting tile (AP file photo/David Goldman)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee judge on Thursday cast doubt on an attempt to allow people to participate in the state's upcoming primary election if they've had their voting rights restored after being convicted of a felony out of state.

The Campaign Legal Center had filed the lawsuit earlier this month on behalf of two residents who have both been convicted of a felony outside of Tennessee and have since had their voting rights restored in the state of their conviction.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs have been barred from voting in the primary election because Tennessee has improperly imposed additional barriers that would clear them to submit a ballot.

During Thursday's hearing, attorneys argued for an injunction that would force the state to people who have had their voting rights restored to vote in the Aug.