The League of Women Voters eagerly awaited visitors at a community event outside C.O.N.N.E.C.T. Ministries in East Knoxville. With U.S. Census takers, other community groups, and a rhythm and blues band outside on a sunny Sunday afternoon, they hoped to register lots of voters. But in this pandemic season, few people showed.
WUOT News is partnering with ProPublica’s Electionland to report on voting problems in East Tennessee. The project is a coalition of newsrooms around the country investigating issues related to voter registration, pandemic-related changes to voting, the shift to vote-by-mail, cybersecurity, voter education, misinformation, and more.