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1. New Members Bring Change to Election Commission -

When the Shelby County Election Commission met last week, it signaled a change, with three new members for the five-member body, as well as possibly a calm period for a group that has overseen a lot of elections in the last decade.

2. Election Commission to Change -

The five-member Shelby County Election Commission will have three new faces by May or June as well as a new chairman.

The state election commission meets next week to vote on the two Democratic commissioners on the body that conducts and regulates elections in Shelby County. But the selection is governed by the choices of the state legislators from the county who caucus on the nominees.

3. Events -

Mothers of the NILE will hold a Mother’s Day banquet Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Broad Avenue, 2935 Broad Ave. Dr. Kriner Cash will be the featured speaker. The dinner is open to the public. For reservations, call Veronica Coleman-Davis at 592-5817 or Myra Stiles at 272-3819.

4. Events -

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold its annual conference “The New Nonprofit Sector: Redefined, Retooled and Resilient” Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Clark Opera Memphis Center, 6745 Wolf River Blvd. Sonal Shah, head of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council’s Office of Social Innovation and Civil Participation, will speak. Cost is $99 for members, $150 for nonmembers and $65 for students. For reservations, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.

5. Election Commission Tentatively Sets Oct. 27 Date For Mayor's Race -

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has again raised the possibility that he might not leave office on July 30. That possibility comes the same week that Herenton wondered aloud why reporters doubted that he would leave next week.

6. UPDATE: Herenton Again Raises Doubts About Departure -  

Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has again raised the possibility that he might not leave office on July 30. That possibility comes the same week that Herenton wondered aloud why reporters doubted that he would leave next week.

A Herenton letter, dated today, to City Attorney Elbert Jefferson was released as the Shelby County Election Commission met to consider setting a date for a special election to fill a vacancy in the mayor’s office.

In the letter, Herenton writes that the City Council’s decision to declare a vacancy in the mayor’s office was “premature.”

“I am concerned that the action of the city will establish irreversible precedent on matters as to when an office can be deemed vacated and by whom,” Herenton wrote. “As Mayor and as an employee of the city of Memphis, I have the unfettered right to rescind my retirement. … Ultimately, I have not waived my right to rescind my retirement.”

Herenton also said Council chairman Myron Lowery may have had a conflict of interest in voting on the declaration of a vacancy since the council chairman becomes mayor pro tempore for three months in the event of a vacancy in the mayor’s office.

The bombshell letter prompted lots of debate among all five Election Commissioners about whether they should set an election date and filing deadline.

Ultimately, the commission voted unanimously to tentatively set an election date of Oct. 27. Candidates in the race would have until noon Sept. 17 to file their qualifying petitions and until noon Sept. 24 to withdraw from the race if they wish.

The commission would formally call the special election and begin issuing and taking petitions if Herenton does leave office on July 30.

An earlier move by Election Commissioner Shep Wilbun to defer any decision or action by the body until July 31 was voted down in a party line 2-3 vote. Wilbun and fellow Democratic Election Commissioner Myra Stiles voted for the delay. Republicans Robert Meyers, Brian Stephens and Bill Giannini voted no.

All five commissioners expressed a desire to remain out of any possible litigation that might result.

Read more background on the continuing political controversy in Friday’s edition of The Daily News.


7. Early Voting Date Changes Denied -

U.S. Congressional candidate Nikki Tinker and her supporters went to members of the Shelby County Election Commission Tuesday in a quest to make early voting in advance of the Aug. 7 election day even earlier at the satellite voting locations.

8. Instant Runoff Voting Could be in City’s Future -

It seems to be a popular topic among local elected officials these days – the thought that special elections and runoffs that are the only item on a ballot should be avoided whenever possible because of the single digit percentage turnouts they often draw.

9. Early Voting Numbers 'Relatively' Robust -

Early voter turnout in Shelby County spiked in the final days of the voting period.

As a result, election officials expected the turnout in advance of Tuesday's Tennessee presidential primaries to be around 20,000 to 25,000 of the more than 611,000 registered voters in Shelby County. That would be twice as many as the 11,313 early voters in the 2004 primaries.

10. Drive is on to Keep Sheriff, Others Elected Positions -

Let the search for signatures begin.

The Shelby County Election Commission has approved the wording of a new petition drive to keep the job of sheriff and four other countywide positions elected posts.

11. Election Time Again -

Don't look now but here come the first local elections of 2008.

Thursday at noon is the filing deadline for candidates to file their qualifying petitions for the Feb. 5 Democratic and Republican primaries for Shelby County's General Sessions Court clerk and property assessor.

12. Early Voting Tally Doesn't Reveal Top Contenders -

After the first full week of early voting in the 2007 Memphis elections, a little more than 6 percent of the city's 460,000 registered voters have cast their ballots. And most of them - 61 percent - have been women.

13. Mayoral Candidates Put Efforts Into Early Vote -

If rain is the enemy of election day turnouts then a sunny late summer day might be the curse of early voting efforts.

Early voting in advance of the Oct. 4 Memphis city elections opened Friday at 15 sites with 4,290 voters showing up. The next day, which saw sunshine and tens of thousands of people jam the Cooper-Young Festival in Midtown, the turnout was less than half that - 2,040 early voters.

14. Archived Article: Voter (lead) - New voter registration system on tap County voter registration overhaul heads to board By MARY DANDO The Daily News A resolution on todays Shelby County Board of Commissioners agenda signals county, state, and federal elections in November are not t...

15. Archived Article: Election St - By SUZANNE THOMPSON SCB will help commission overhaul computer system By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News While the nightmare of the August election tabulations has been laid to rest, the Shelby County Election board of commissioners now is looking t...

16. Archived Article: Law Focus - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Lawyers learning from lawyers Networking among lawyers is becoming a popular way to share information about management styles and client development By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News As part of an industry that has become increa...