VOL. 126 | NO. 213 | Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Two District 7 Early-Voting Sites Open
By Bill Dries
Early voting in the last election of 2011 expands to two satellite sites Tuesday, Nov. 1, as voters in City Council District 7 decide who will represent the district for a full four-year term.
Election Day is Nov. 10 to decide the runoff contest between Kemba Ford and Lee Harris. Harris beat Ford by four votes in the Oct. 6 city elections. But neither he nor Ford got a majority of the votes cast in the 14-candidate contest, the largest on the ballot. In district council races, that means a runoff election between the candidates with the two highest vote totals.
The early voting period opened at Shelby County Election Commission headquarters, 157 Poplar Ave., Oct. 21.
Through Saturday, Oct. 29, 405 citizens had cast early ballots. That is less than 1 percent of the nearly 58,000 voters in the district.
Of the early voters so far, 62 percent are black, 15 percent are white and the remaining 23 percent are “other,” meaning they are either of another race or did not indicate their race on their voter registration form. Women have made up 60 percent of the early voters so far.
The new early voting sites that open Tuesday and remain open along with the Election Commission location through Saturday, Nov. 5, are Dave Wells Community Center, 915 Chelsea Ave., and Shiloh Baptist Church, 3121 Range Line Road.
The Election Commission site is open noon to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The two satellite sites are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.