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Tennessee General Assembly eyes legislation to require affirmation of alignment from primary voters

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

The Tennessee General Assembly is considering a bill that would require voters in partisan primaries to declare that the party they are voting for "most closely represents [their] values and beliefs."

"What this is meant to do is discourage those in opposing parties to cross over when their intent is to maliciously malign the election of either primary party," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, as the House Local Government Subcommittee discussed the legislation.

The bill, HB 1833, passed out of the subcommittee on a voice vote and is scheduled to be heard in the full Local Government Committee on Tuesday. The Senate version, SB 2180, hasn't seen any movement yet but is also scheduled for a Tuesday hearing in the Senate State and Local Government Committee.

Carr is challenging Lamar Alexander for his U.S. Senate seat in this year's Republican primary.

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