Lakeland’s bond: 829 votes cast so far

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

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

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