Voters prepare for elections

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Voters go to the polls Thursday in Shelby County for one of the longest ballots in Shelby County history.

The long ballot is not the only thing worrying voters. Many are confused about where they need to go vote.

Before you go to the polls, you may want to check first to make sure you're going to the right place, because there are going to be some changes that could impact where you go to vote.

Robert Meyers, the chair of the election commission, says when the Shelby County Commission drew the school board lines, they didn't coincide with the precinct lines. He says since some people may be used to voting in schools close to their neighborhood, that could create some confusion. The school districts were redrawn after people in the six suburbs voted to split from SCS.

“Therefore you have to change where they're voting at and you have to let them know. That's my thought about it,” voter Mary Jones said.

The election commission says when the County Commission made the changes, they didn't ask the election commission for their input.

Some voters fear that could create a lot of problems at the polls.

“So what do you do about it because when you go to ask your city councilman, they don't know and when you look at the information that they give us, most of it, you don't even know,” said Jones.

Many think that this could discourage people from coming out to vote.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m- 7 p.m. Click here to check your voting location.

1 Comment

  • Phyllis

    Why are the feds only interested in whether the Dems get a fair deal? Quite frankly, I think they need to watch all of the voters, I went early, they said did I want to vote local or state wide, if I wanted to go state wide I would have to tell them what party. I asked quite plainly, can I split the vote, they said no way had to be Republican all the way, whilst I was on the computer just hitting buttons, I got to some pages that I did not know the candidates so I just hit one, several pages later I found that they had snuck some Demoncrats in there and I had voted for them by mistake. Now if you tell me I cannot split then why are you putting Democrats in there? Isn’t that deceit? Is to me and burns me up thinking about it.

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