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Lincoln Davis, Former Tennessee Congressman, Sues Over Being Turned Away At Polls

03/12/2012 12:51 pm ET

Former Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.) is suing over being denied the right to vote in Tennessee's Super Tuesday primary.

Davis, whose name was erroneously removed from the voter rolls, filed a lawsuit Monday seeking class-action status against Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R), Secretary of State Tre Hargett and state election coordinator Mark Goins, The Tennessean reports. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of State told The Huffington Post last week that Davis had been registered in two counties due to a clerical error. He was then purged from the voter rolls in Fentress County, where Davis says he has voted since 1995.

Davis says he was among many Tennessee voters whose registrations were purged under a state-directed review, and that he should have been notified when his name was removed.

"This lawsuit is not about me," Davis said, according to WBIR News. "Rather, I'm taking this action to ensure that the State of Tennessee is required to restore all Tennesseans to the voting rolls whose names were improperly removed."

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