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With early voting still underway at sites throughout the city, reports obtained this week showed that older voters are the largest group to have voted thus far. According to turnout data released from the Shelby County Election Commission, 21,983 voters had cast their ballots during the early voting period that...
By Arekia Bennett, Executive Director of Mississippi Votes (via The Root) While folks around the country are galvanizing today, National Voter Registration Day, to make sure people are eligible to vote come Election Day, here in Mississippi, young black voters are fighting for much more than making sure our names...
Tami Sawyer has experienced her share of criticism and controversy since announcing her bid to run for mayor of Memphis, but this time, she told The New Tri-State Defender on Tuesday, the backlash is different. After several old tweets resurfaced from her personal Twitter account, the District 7 Shelby County...
Updated: Profiles of all three of the leading candidates for Memphis Mayor are now live online.  Excellent reporting and writing by Erica R. Williams. Click to access the candidate of your choice: Former Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton Mayor Jim Strickland (Incumbent) Shelby County Commissioner and Memphis mayoral candidate Tami...
Updated: Profiles of all three of the leading candidates for Memphis Mayor are now live online.  Excellent reporting and writing by Erica R. Williams. Click to access the candidate of your choice: Former Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton County Commissioner Tami Sawyer Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is optimistic. With the...
Updated: Profiles of all three of the leading candidates for Memphis Mayor are now live online.  Excellent reporting and writing by Erica R. Williams. Click to access the candidate of your choice: County Commissioner Tami Sawyer Mayor Jim Strickland (Incumbent) Dr. Willie W. Herenton recalled the days when he attended...
At 92, retired Capt. Jerry Williams of the Memphis Police Department most likely will drive to his local precinct to vote in the Oct. 3 Municipal Election. And if by some chance he can’t continue his personal tradition, he’ll hitch a ride. Voting is that big of a deal to...
 A federal judge has blocked Tennessee’s new restrictions for registering voters from taking effect on Oct. 1 while a challenge of the law proceeds. Judge Aleta Trauger wrote Thursday that there’s no basis in the record to conclude the law will provide much benefit to Tennesseans, and less reason to...
Corey Strong took the helm of a frayed, embattled Shelby County Democratic Party on August 5, 2017. On Friday, he announced a run for Congress, touting his leadership as a major component for crafting the local party’s turn-around. The former Shelby County Democratic Party chairman has decided to challenge incumbent...
Mayoral contender Dr. Willie W. Herenton on Thursday picked up the endorsement of IBEW Local 1288, which also announced its support for a slate of other candidates running for city council, county clerk and municipal judge seats in the October 3 Municipal Elections. IBEW Local 1288 is the union that...