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TN voters have plenty of opportunities to avoid being 'purged from registration lists'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - A U.S. Supreme Court decision this week defined rules for taking people off voter rolls in Ohio, but what about such laws in Tennessee? 

State Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins says the ruling "won't have much impact" but he told News 2 what happens here when voters are removed. 

"If they remain on inactive status for two election cycles then that individual will be purged," said Goins. 

Those words from the state's election coordinator mean that if you don't cast a ballot in any election for those two straight election cycles--which amounts to four years--you will be taken off voter registration lists, but that's only after a failure to respond to requests from election officials about whether or not you have moved out of state. 

Driver's license changes or U.S. Postal records help state election officials determine who has moved. 

Avoiding removal from voter registration lists remains simple, said Goins. 

"If they have any activity at all--meaning they sign a petition, they contact the election commission--then that person will be put back to active status," he added. 

It's information that a lot of people may be asking as Tennessee heads into a critical election cycle that includes a governor's race primary in less than two months. 

State election officials say they have staffers who also remove felons and those who have passed away from voter rolls. 

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