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Jacob Geskin, Headcount New York, poses at the voter registration tent at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., on Saturday, June 9, 2018. They said they are seeing a higher number of registered voters than in past festivals. (Photo: Tom Stanford / Tennessean.com)

Tennessee already ranks dismally low in voter registration and turnout.

Now, national voter registration organizations that work to improve those numbers by working big events like the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival say Tennessee's new voter registration law, which goes into effect in October, could affect whether they continue to sign up new voters in Tennessee.

Leaders of HeadCount, an organization that promotes voter registration and participation in democracy through the power of music, say threats of civil penalties and misdemeanors associated with the new law that punishes voter signup missteps are "scary."

Read more at our news partner's website, tennessean.com.

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