Are Tennessee Officials Suppressing Black Voters?
MEMPHIS – July 6, 2018
The Democrats have accused the Shelby County community officials in charge of the organizing early election voting with suppressing black votes.
Representatives of the party such as Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Corey Strong aren’t satisfied with the fact the officials made Agricenter International the only polling station for early voting process, which starts on July 13.
The Democrats have stated that while Memphis is a majority black city, the Shelby County early voting locations are predominantly white. Whites outnumber blacks by more than 20-to-1 in the region of the Agricenter, according to data from the U.S. Census' American Community Survey.
Early voting runs from July 13 through July 28. The Aug. 2 election includes primaries for Congress and the General Assembly. It also includes general elections for several key local positions, including county mayor, County Commission and school board.