Lakeland’s bond: 829 votes cast so far

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a weekly series of stories leading up to Lakeland’s historic $50M bond vote. Both sides are invited to send comments and photos to bartlett.editor@journalinc.com

Another Lakeland story, containing photos and quotes provided by Lakeland citizens, will post to this website later today (April 2); comments are still coming in.


While the “Vote No” and the “Vote Yes” sides are still sparking debates about the $50 million municipal bond issuance for a new school in Lakeland, citizens are steadily trekking to the polls.

The Shelby County Election Commission posts daily updates on its website at shelby-votes.com.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the latest figures showed that 829 people out of more than 8,000 eligible registered voters have already voted.

Early voting is 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday through April 11 at Lakeland Elementary. On referendum day, voting is 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at Lakelanders’ regular polling places.

The bond would fund the purchase of land and the design and construction costs of a combined middle/high school.

Voter turnout

As of Tuesday, early voting showed this breakdown of voters by age:

  • 1.2%, ages 18-24
  • 4.7%, ages 25-34
  • 29.2%, ages 35-44
  • 21.8%, ages 45-54
  • 15.0%, ages 55-64
  • 28.1%, ages 65 and older

Written by Carolyn Bahm, Express editor. Contact her at (901) 433-9138 or via email to bartlett.editor@journalinc.com.