The presidential contest is expected to drive voter turnout across the nation and the state. Almost 1.5 million Tennesseans cast ballots early. That’s the second-highest early voting turnout in state history, just shy of 2008 totals.
Early voting is underway and residents in Memphis and the unincorporated county are voting on a half-cent sales tax increase.
Outside the early voting location at the Agricenter, Nancy Ream said she and her husband voted for the sales tax increase, “my understanding is that it is supposed to go for Pre-K money and this is a community that really does need money for Pre-K, for kids under five. We need to get those kids in school as fast as possible.”
Today is the first day of early voting. In addition to the Presidential election, there are two important local issues on ballots in Shelby County: municipal school board elections in the suburbs; and a countywide half-cent sales tax increase in Memphis and the unincorporated areas of the county.
Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, moderates a discussion about the real impact of the August 2, 2012, municipal elections on the proposed Unified School District with panelists Billy Orgell, Chairman of the Unified School Board; Bill Dries, reporter for the Memphis Daily News; and Jackson Baker, from the Memphis Flyer.
Suburbanites who want municipal school districts celebrated last night.
The results of yesterday’s election are in. Residents in all six of the suburbs outside of Memphis voted to create separate school systems rather than join a merged Memphis and Shelby County School district in 2013.
Residents in Millington voted to form a municipal school district, but did not pass the ½ sales tax increase to pay for it.