MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Hi-ho, hi-ho. It’s election time you know. With Jim and Tami, Willie too; hi-ho, hi-ho.
Memphis City elections can be sort of like a Grimm’s Fairy Tale. With the emphasis on the grim.
But this year, the list of candidates is about the same as always. All of them gathered by an overworked staff loaded with part-timers.
“That’s just not very efficient,” admits Shelby County Election Administrator Linda Phillips. “By the time we get them trained, the elections are over. So we’re working on a plan to reduce temporary labor in elections and have more full-time employees.”
Get ready for runoff elections. There are four City Council single districts where two or more candidates are running. If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, there are runoffs.
Some of the people running for office probably didn’t know that.
“We actually hold an informational meeting for our candidates,” Phillips says. “There are a lot of things that they may or may not know about our processes, so we talk about how they get poll watchers, and when public tests are, in case they want to come and watch those.”
One person who will not be on the ballot is Pamela Moses. She hasn’t had her rights reinstated after being convicted of tampering with among other things evidence, perjury, and stalking.
Leo ArGoWhat made the list, even after admitting he vandalized the old statue of General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges will also be on the ballot.
All of them having the honor of being on the last election ballot on the old voting machines.
According to Phillips, “The new election equipment will be more efficient because, well just for some technical reasons, it just takes less time to do logic and accuracy testing on it.”