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Early voting underway in Memphis

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Memphis, TN (WMC-TV) - Early voting is underway in Memphis, and not without a few hiccups. 

Voters are casting their ballots in the special elections for Memphis mayor and Tennessee District 31 Senate seat.

The Shelby County Election Commission confirmed there was a software problem Friday at the Agricenter polling location. Voters received cards that didn't allow them to cast ballots for mayor or Senate.

Shelby County Election Commission Chairman Bill Giannini says the problem was isolated and voters were offered provisional ballots.

He says that if voters should run into problems at the polls, they can always request a provisional ballot.

Campaign signs and volunteers were out at voting locations across the city.

Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery cast his ballot at noon Friday.

"I feel great. It's a good day to vote, and I feel optimistic about winning," he said.

For the first time in five mayoral elections, Willie Herenton's name was not on the ballot.

"It's time for a change. It wasn't odd for me to cast my ballot for a different candidate," said Rev. Timothy H. Guyton.

Voters said they had no problem navigating through the long list of candidates running for mayor - there are 25 names on the ballot.


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