Election Day for Suburban Schools Referendum

Election Day for Suburban Schools Referendum

It's Election Day for suburban school supporters. People in six Shelby County suburbs are voting either yes or no for their own suburban school districts.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - It's Election Day for suburban school supporters. People in six Shelby County suburbs are voting either yes or no for their own suburban school districts.

The polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

It's the second time for the vote; last year's was thrown out after a judge ruled it unconstitutional.

This year turn out is expected to be lower, but the referendum should pass once again.

In Bartlett, supporters with "Better Bartlett Schools" were waving signs at Kirby-Whitten and Stage. They wanted to remind drivers heading to work that it is Election Day.

Bartlett voters are joined by residents in Arlington, Collierville, Lakeland, Germantown and Millington.

All six suburbs are expected to have more yes than no votes, which is all it takes for the referendum to pass.

"We expect a pretty good turn out today in other parts of the county," said Mick Wright with Better Bartlett Schools. "I've heard people say this might be the biggest special election in Shelby County history."

If the law passes, the suburbs would open their own school systems in 2014, only spending one year as part of the new unified Memphis - Shelby County school district.

Polls are open until 7 p.m.

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