Opening of most early voting locations delayed for 24 hours

Opening of most early voting locations delayed for 24 hours

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The date to open all Shelby County early voting locations has been delayed.

Less than 24 hours after a judge told the election commission it would have to open every voter location July 16, the date for opening the polls had to be changed.

Attorneys for the Shelby County Election Commission said it was impossible for the agency to open all sites by July 16.

In order to compromise, Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins gave the election commission an extra 24 hours to prepare the 27 county voting locations for early voting.

Shelby County Administrator of Elections, Linda Phillips, was not in court Tuesday. Instead, she testified via affidavit, saying the July 16 deadline was not enough time to properly test the voting equipment, secure enough workers, and train the staff to ensure a fair election process.

"Linda had a choice and that was to be at the election commission trying to comply with the judges or be present here subject to the whims of various lawyers," election commission chairman Robert Meyers said.

"This is not rocket science; this is not their first go-round," NAACP attorney Alex Wharton said. "Hopefully the mistakes--they will admit they've made mistakes in this process--they will not duplicate themselves in the November election."

Five locations will open July 16, with all others opening July 17. Click here to see the full list of early voting locations.

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