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VOL. 129 | NO. 216 | Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Shelby Early Vote Shows "No" Carry On Abortion Amendment

By Bill Dries

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Shelby County’s early vote totals show a defeat for the amendment to the Tennessee Constitution involving abortion and passage of the other three amendments.

The vote count for Shelby County only during the early voting period in advance of the Tuesday, Nov. 4, election day show:

Amendment 1

No 48,845

Yes 33,630

In order for any of the amendments to become part of the Constitution, they must pass statewide with 50 percent plus one of the total number of votes cast in the general election race for Tennessee Governor

By the Shelby County early vote numbers, the no votes on the abortion amendment were more than half of the 82,351 early votes locally in the race for Governor, which was carried easily by Republican incumbent Bill Haslam.

That was also the case with the yes votes locally on the amendments on judicial selection, a state income tax ban and allowing veterans groups to hold bingo games.

Meanwhile, in the race for mayor of Germantown, alderman Mike Palazzolo took the early vote over former city division director George Brogdon.

Palazzolo 4,592

Brogdon 3,369

Challenger John Barzizza took the early vote over incumbent Germantown alderman Greg Marcom

Barzizza 4,151

Marcom 3,328

In the open race for Germantown alderman Position 2, Mary Anne Gibson took the early vote over Mary Chick Hill. And Germantown school board incumbent Mark Dely took the early vote over challenger Gary Tigert by 192 votes.

In Bartlett, incumbent alderman Bubba Pleasant took the early vote over challenger Mick Wright.

Votes for wine in food stores in six cities in Shelby County took the early vote in each of those cities.

Lakeland voters are voting on liquor by the drink as a preliminary to a possible referendum later on wine in food stores. The yes votes there carried the early vote.

And those for a city of Memphis charter amendment on civil service procedures carried the early vote in Memphis.

In the two races for open state Senate seats, the Democratic nominees, Lee Harris and Sara Kyle took the early vote over Republicans Jim Finney and George Flinn, respectively.

Harris 12,171

Finney 2,823

And …

Kyle 7,425

Flinn 3,126

Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander took the early vote in Shelby County over Democratic challenger Gordon Ball with 42,562 votes for Alexander to 37,260 for Ball.

And Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen easily took the early vote over Republican challenger Charlotte Bergmann.

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