Judge blocks TN law barring first-time voters from voting by mail

WATCH: Judge blocks TN law barring first-time voters from voting by mail

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — First-time voters in Tennessee will be able to vote in the November election by mail.

A federal judge blocked a state law that prohibits new voters from voting by mail unless they show identification beforehand at an election office, according to the Associated Press.

The law reportedly affected an estimated 128,000 new voters during the last election cycle.

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Approximately 4.1 million people are registered to vote in Tennessee, according to the AP report.

In June, a state court judge ordered that all eligible voters should have the option to vote by absentee ballot amid the ongoing pandemic.

The ruling was carried out during the Aug. primary election, according to the AP report.

However, the state continued to enforce the first-time voter requirement.

Sec. of State Tre Hargett’s office decline to comment on this week’s ruling.

According to the AP report, Hargett’s office must publicize the change on his office’s website, under the ruling.

Absentee ballot applications are being accepted for the Nov. 3 election.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.