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There are new worries about illegal voters casting ballots.
Some Davidson County election officials say there's a big loophole in the registration process.
The problem starts when a person goes to get their Driver License. Every applicant is asked if they'd like to register to vote.
Some worry that legal immigrants, who are not U.S. citizens, could be signing up.
You visit the Driver License Center to get your Driver License, but you might also leave a registered voter.
State law requires driver license examiners to offer that option.
And when it comes to non-U.S. citizens, some worry that's a problem.
"And that person asks, do you want to register to vote? The assumption is this person in authority is asking me to do something that I'm allowed to do," says Davidson County election commissioner Steve Abernathy.
Davidson County's Election Commission meeting was full Thursday as the possibility of illegal voting was discussed.
Commissioner Steve Abernathy worries that legal immigrants who have green cards or work visas may also be registered voters.
"I do think we have between 3,000 and 10,000 in Davidson County based on the analysis I've done," says Abernathy.
Federal law is clear, only U.S. citizens can vote.
The question is, are illegal voters casting ballots in Tennessee?
"We've got to determine if there really is a problem, and I just don't think that a problem exists," says attorney Greg Ramos.
Attorney Greg Ramos had concerns about the Election Commission's plan to weed out illegal voters.
He says a review process targeted anyone born outside the U.S., even if they have become a naturalized citizen.
"I come from a perspective of equality where all citizens should be treated equally," says Ramos.
The Election Commission is now choosing to let the state coordinator complete a review of all Tennessee voters.
"I felt like it was important that we ensure our voting rolls are accurate. People who are legally here, that haven't obtained their citizenship, shouldn't be registered to vote," says Abernathy.
Abernathy says it's fine for legal immigrants to drive, but he wants to make sure voting is for U.S. citizens only.
State election commissioner Mark Goins says his comprehensive review will be complete in less than three weeks.
Goins says he supports state law that allows the removal of non-citizens from voter rolls.
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Friday, March 22 2013, 01:09 AM CDT
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