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State to search for, purge noncitizen voters

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - With a lot of attention focused on the new voter identification law, another new law meant to curb illegal voting has gone largely unnoticed.

But soon, the state elections office will compare the names of more than 20,000 noncitizens who hold Tennessee driver's licenses with voter registration records.

Anyone listed as a noncitizen and registered to vote will be given 30 days to present proof of citizenship or be purged from the rolls.

The Department of Safety must provide a list of all noncitizens holding Tennessee driver's licenses or certificates to State Elections Coordinator Mark Goins by Jan. 1.

Goins told the Knoxville News Sentinel the matching process should be finished before the March 6 presidential primary (


Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel,

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