Tennessee mail ballot requests for November start Wednesday

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FILE – In this May 28, 2020 file photo, Dave Turnier processes mail-in ballots at at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election. President Donald Trump’s campaign and allies have blocked efforts to expand mail-in voting, forcing an awkward confrontation with top GOP election officials promoting the opposite in their states. The rare dissonance between Trump and other Republican elected officials also reflects another reality that the president will not concede: Many in his party believe expanding mail-in voting could ultimately help him. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee voters can begin requesting absentee ballots for the November election.

Wednesday is the first day to request by-mail ballots for the general election.

In June, a state court judge ordered that all eligible Tennessee voters would have the option to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

That ruling remains effective, but that could change.

The state has appealed the expansion, and the Tennessee Supreme Court is deciding whether to keep the wide eligibility.

The state usually requires excuses, from being 60 or older to being sick, and has said COVID-19 reasons like exposure that leads to quarantining and underlying health conditions in the household.

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