MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Thursday across Memphis, thousands are makingtheir voices heard at the ballot box for the 2019 city of Memphis elections.
As of 5:00 p.m., there were no major or minorequipment issues to report.
Voters are deciding a host of races, including Memphismayor, city council, and whether to raise the sales tax to restore police andfire benefits.
Late Tuesday afternoon, precinct leaders reported either asteady or solid stream of voters throughout the day to that point, potentiallyoutpacing the 2015 city of Memphis election.
Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillipsanticipates as many, if not slightly more, voters will participate Thursdaycompared to the early voting period.
Election leaders are hopeful for an eventual voter turnoutof 30% of eligible voters.
Voters explained to Local 24 News why they don’t sit on thesidelines, and fulfill their civic duty.
“It’s really important to me because if you don’t vote,you don’t have a voice in it, and I might get overridden by 10 people, but atleast I’ve tried,” Debbie Rodda said.
“I’mvery hopeful, we’ve got a nice sunny day and a lot of good things are happeningin Memphis. And if we want it to continue, then we have to come out and vote,”Jean McGhee said.
ShelbyCounty elections leaders reported a few minor issues, including a printerneeding to be restarted in Orange Mound before voting began. Computertechs were on standby if needed.