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Election commission launches redesigned, streamlined website

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The Shelby County Election Commission (SCEC) launched its redesigned website, shelbyvote.com, on Jan. 31. The new site has a cleaner look and is designed to be more user friendly. Though the web site name itself is unchanged, the difference in the URL is that it now begins with https://. (This indicates that the session between […]

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Coalition shares Blueprint for Sensible Justice with gubernatorial candidates

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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Coalition for Sensible Justice sent its 2018 “Blueprint for a Sensible Justice System” to all Tennessee gubernatorial candidates this week. The blueprint outlines recommended reforms to the criminal justice system to enhance public safety and save taxpayers money. The blueprint calls on the next governor to adopt reforms in the areas of: […]

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4 aldermen, 3 school board members elected in Arlington

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ARLINGTON — Last Thursday saw a turnout of 1,112 voters in Arlington’s election of aldermen and school board members. At press time, the following results were still unofficial, pending certification. Alderman position 2: Cheryl Pardue, who ran unopposed, was the winner with 925 votes. There were 46 write-ins. Alderman position 4: Incumbent Oscar Brooks Sr. won […]

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TN voters now can register, update addresses online

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Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett announced earlier this week the official launch the state’s new online voter registration system. The system offers a convenient way for voters to easily register or change their address if they have moved. Counties across Tennessee can now securely receive voter registration information faster than using traditional paper registrations. […]

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Shelby County to register voters at September events

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September is National Voter Registration Month, and the Shelby County Election Commission will have voter registration tables at various events and locations throughout the county. The remaining dates include: Through Sept. 10: Delta Fair at the Agricenter International, Memphis; times vary. Sept. 8-9: Goat Days Festival, 4351 Babe Howard Blvd, Millington; hours: 6-10 p.m. Friday […]

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(Part 1 of 2) Alderman candidates deliver clear responses in Arlington forum

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[Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a two-part article, covering a lengthy forum.] Candidates for four aldermen seats and three school board seats shared their differing visions for Arlington in a forum hosted Aug. 15 at Arlington High School. The aldermen talked about their pride in their town’s direction and what they hope to […]

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Election Commission certifies 95th House election

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At the regular monthly meeting of the Shelby County Election Commission (SCEC on June 21, commissioners voted unanimously to certify the results of the June 15 election, won by Kevin Vaughn. “Everything balanced perfectly,” said Linda Phillips, administrator of elections for SCEC. During the meeting, Democratic commissioner Norma Lester recognized Phillips for her smooth and […]

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Arlington election petitions due today

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Those who wish to run for office in the upcoming Arlington Municipal Election must submit their petitions by noon today, June 15, the qualifying deadline. It’s still not too late to pick up a petition to run for office. Linda Phillips, administrator of elections, said, “There’s still time to get the necessary signatures and qualify.” […]

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Bartlett mayor announces bid for re-election

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Long-time Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald announced March 22 that he will be running for re-election in November 2018. He is still recovering from his Feb. 16 neck/spinal disc surgery to relieve arthritic pain from pinched nerves. After suffering with chronic and worsening pain for three years, he acquiesced to the surgery and is now feeling […]

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11 enter race for Lovell’s vacated House seat

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[UPDATE: This is an earlier story on this topic; see our latest story, listing which 10 of these candidates made the first cut by getting their petitions in on time.] MEMPHIS — As of Wednesday, 11 people had pulled petitions to run for the position in District 95 of the Tennessee House of Representatives. Rep. Mark Lovell recently […]

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Technical, human errors delay official election results

Shelby County was delayed for two days in releasing complete election results because of technical and human errors with absentee ballots. On election night, the number of absentee affidavits listed on the report from the absentee tracking system didn’t match the number of ballots counted. When the first count was completed, the results were off […]

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Bartlett votes on aldermen, school board members

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Bartlett voters have spoken in re-electing the three city aldermen and school board members who were on the ballot on Nov. 8. With few write-in votes in opposition, the winning candidates were: Bobby Simmons, Bartlett Alderman, Position 4. He received 20,483 votes, and there were 157 write-ins. Jack T. Young, Bartlett Alderman, Position 5. He […]

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