Early Voting for Municipal School Districts Starts Wednesday

(Memphis) It’s deja vu all over again for people living in the Memphis suburbs. Voters in Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington will all be heading back to the polls to decide if they still want municipal schools.

There are 1,500 voting machines at the Election Operation Center, but only 58 of them were inspected Monday to make sure your vote counts during early voting.

The 58 machines will tally votes from voters across six cities, many who have strong opinions about the new unified school district, which will merge Memphis City and Shelby County schools.

“It’s not the children. It’s the people in charge that`s the problem,” said Greg Jones, an Arlington resident. “I want to see new people in charge.”

This time, there will be only one question on the ballot.

“Do they want municipal schools or do they not want municipal schools,” said Richard Holden, administrator of elections in Shelby County.

“I am going to be voting for it, yeah,” said Jones.

Last August, voters in the municipalities overwhelmingly decided to increase sales taxes to create municipal school districts. Now, they need to vote again to see if that money should be used to create new school districts because a federal judge refused to let them last year.

Inspectors Monday made sure the machines are good to go come Wednesday.

“It shows that there are zero votes on the machine,” said Holden.

They seal them up before they get placed in their polling locations.

“At the polling place, the election officials break the seal,” said Holden.

That’s when voters can let their opinion be known again.

“I don’t want you running the system,” said Jones to MCS. “It’s as simple as that.”

Depending on what city you live in, there are different days and times for early voting.

Click here to find out when to go, then click on “2013 Elections.”  You can vote at any open precinct no matter which municipality you live in.

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