MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Thursday across Memphis, thousands are making their voices heard at the ballot box for the 2019 city of Memphis elections.
As of 5:00 p.m., there were no major or minor equipment issues to report.
Voters are deciding a host of races, including Memphis mayor, city council, and whether to raise the sales tax to restore police and fire benefits.
Late Tuesday afternoon, precinct leaders reported either a steady or solid stream of voters throughout the day to that point, potentially outpacing the 2015 city of Memphis election.
Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillips anticipates as many, if not slightly more, voters will participate Thursday compared to the early voting period.
Election leaders are hopeful for an eventual voter turnout of 30% of eligible voters.
Voters explained to Local 24 News why they don’t sit on the sidelines, 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 at least I’ve tried,” Debbie Rodda said.
“I’m very hopeful, we’ve got a nice sunny day and a lot of good things are happening in Memphis. And if we want it to continue, then we have to come out and vote,” Jean McGhee said.
Shelby County elections leaders reported a few minor issues, including a printer needing to be restarted in Orange Mound before voting began. Computer techs were on standby if needed.