Preeminent Voting Rights Organization Endorses as TN Leaders Say There’s Not Enough Time to Ensure Safe & Secure Elections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 1, 2020

NASHVILLE – Let America Vote, the nation’s preeminent voting rights organization, has endorsed decorated Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler for Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate seat. LAV’s endorsement comes as, according to AP reports, Tennessee election officials claim they “cannot feasibly implement” allowing citizens to cast their votes by mail in the 2020 elections.

“James Mackler knows that the attempts to suppress Americans’ right to vote fly in the face of what he fought and sacrificed for when he was in the military,” said Let America Vote President Tiffany Muller. “Amid the coronavirus outbreak, voters deserve to be guaranteed safe, free and fair access to the ballot and there’s no stronger champion for Tennesseans than James. Let America Vote is proud to endorse James Mackler, and we look forward to helping him win so that voting rights in Tennessee are safeguarded.”

“Our democracy works best when people vote, volunteer, and make their voices heard,” said James. “Improving voter participation isn’t a new issue in Tennessee as our state ranks so low in turnout election after election. The need for change has been exacerbated by the pandemic, and doing nothing, as many are suggesting, will disenfranchise and silence Tennesseans. I’ve defended the Constitution in the courtroom and on the battlefield, and I’m proud to have Let America Vote on my side as I do all I can to protect every Tennessean’s right to vote – and to do so safely.” 

Since launching his campaign at a closed rural hospital in McKenzie, TN, James has earned support from the DSCCTennessee Fire Fighters, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARALVote Vets, Serve America, End Citizens United, Giffords PAC, Gov. Phil Bredesen, and thousands of Tennesseans in all 95 counties.

James Mackler joined the U.S. Army after 9/11 to do more and serve in a time of crisis, serving in Iraq as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot as a Screaming Eagle in the 101st Airborne Division. He later protected sexual assault survivors and prosecuted criminals as a U.S. Army JAG attorney. James is running for U.S. Senate for the same reasons he joined the army — to do more and serve all Tennesseans in a time of crisis.