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RVers' Right to Vote

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

Full-time RVing no longer means that you have to give up your right to vote. After more
than two years of legal battling, the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLU-TN)
recently negotiated an agreement that allows full-time RVers Ron and Leone Teel and Tom
Layton to vote in the coming historic November presidential election. In 2006, a change in
Tennessee law had prohibited people from using a commercial address to register to vote,
leaving the Teels, Mr. Layton and more than 250 full-time RVers with their voting rights
revoked. Thus, they were forced to choose between their fundamental right to vote and their
fundamental right to travel among the states. This decision means that the National Voter
Registration Act allows the Teels and Mr. Layton to use the address of the parking lot of a
mail forwarding service to register to vote. With this recent monumental declaration, other
full-time RVers can now vote by simply using a commercial campground within the county as
their residence.

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