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There is little the Memphis City Council can do to stand in the way of instant runoff voting in the wake of Tuesday’s resounding defeat of efforts to abolish the ordinance, according to former Memphis Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery. Lowery, the council’s chairmen emeritus, chaired the Memphis Charter Review...
Voters soundly rejected all three referendum items on the Nov. 6 ballot. Here are the totals from the Shelby County Election Commission. Shelbyvote.com https://electioncommission.shelbycountytn.gov/ElectionResults/ Check back for the TSDMemphis.com story account and read John Semien's report on Wednesday morning's Daily Digital.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdpGgS0RKKQ&feature=youtu.be FEATURED VIDEO (Above): Dalisia Brye and the Vote Mob put in the...
Spending some of his last hours before Election Day at one of Memphis’ most popular barbecue spots, Phil Bredesen said the race to become Tennessee’s newest senator is “on a knife’s edge.” The former governor and Democratic Party standard-bearer told a packed house at Jim Neely’s Interstate Bar-B-Q on Third...
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A Tennessee appellate court ruled Wednesday (Oct. 31) that the Shelby County Election Commission can mail notices to the thousands of hopeful voters whose registrations were deemed to have “deficiencies” – including things such as a misspelled street name or erroneous ZIP code or Social Security number. So what exactly...
For the Nov. 6 election, early voting numbers are promising. But the Shelby County branch of the NAACP is still preaching that every vote counts – and they are taking no chances. From  10:30 a.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 31) through 8:30 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 1), the NAACP is hosting...
The Associated Press reported recently that nearly 350,000 ballots had been cast statewide in just the first three days of early voting. Closer to home, the Shelby County Election Commission said 9,943 people voted on Friday (Oct. 26) alone, pushing the early ballot totals to more than 121,000. That, after...
“Bad actors” is the label pinned on the Shelby County Election Commission by national NAACP President Derrick Johnson, who made a turn-out-to-vote pitch during a visit to Memphis on Friday. Johnson predicted a heavy Election Day (Nov. 6) turnout by Shelby County voters feel disrespected by recent actions taken by...
Voter registration forms – 4,000 to 6,000 that have been set aside – are the issue. According to the Memphis Branch NAACP, The Tennessee Black Voter Project and individuals who feel wronged, the Shelby County Election Commission is illegally holding up voter registrations without proper notification to individuals. The result,...
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By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's loyalists here at Florida's premier retirement community fear Andrew Gillum. It has nothing to do with his race, they insist, when asked about the 39-year-old Democrat who could become the state's first African-American governor. Instead, The Villages' deeply conservative...