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  Early voting begins for Collierville runoff election

Early voting for the Collierville runoff election starts November 18 and end on December 3.

Fmr. Mississippi governor slams state representative who wanted to ‘succeed from the union'

  Gov. Reeves responds to DeSoto County sheriff’s refusal to enforce COVID-19 mandates

Fake Parler account of Miss. governor causes online controversy

  Tenn. Republicans, Democrats at odds over outcome of 2020 presidential election

Miss. Rep. apologizes for comment suggesting Mississippi should ‘succeed from the union’

  Mid-South states all part of push to have Affordable Care Act repealed by Supreme Court

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Tennessee Senate GOP leaders back Trump’s challenge of election results

  Miss. Supreme Court hears COVID-19 relief bill case

Morgan Freeman ‘glad’ Mississippi is flying its new flag ‘proudly’

  Rural, urban divide leading to further political politicization, analysts say

  What’s next for Tennessee’s electors

Over 10K Tennesseans vote for Kanye West in presidential election

  Ole Miss displays new Mississippi state flag

The University of Mississippi displayed the new state flag on campus Wednesday morning.

  Mississippi clears way for medical marijuana, new state flag

Mississippi voters made some historic decisions on Election Day.

ELECTION RESULTS: See how Mid-Southerners voted and the races yet to be called

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  John Gillespie wins Tenn. House District 97

John Gillespie, a Memphis native with a decade of experience in banking and nonprofit development is the new representative for Tennessee House District 97 after his first public run for office.

  Torrey Harris becomes youngest state lawmaker to win US House District 90

  Republican Bill Hagerty wins Senate seat, Marquita Bradshaw refuses to concede

Tommy Tuberville wins Alabama US Senate seat

Miss. incumbents secure reelection in U.S. House

Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen defends US House Seat in 9th District

  First-time voters thrilled to cast ballots in 2020 election

  VIDEO: Mississippi voters find lengthy lines at polling places on Election Day

See pictures and video from Mississippi voters on Election Day.

  US Senate hopefuls Bradshaw and Hagerty make final pitch to voters on Election Day

A Memphis Democrat is hoping her grassroots campaign can pull off a stunning upset in the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander.

  Medical marijuana, new state flag on the ballot in Mississippi

If you find yourself in a long line in Mississippi on Election Day - don’t give up on voting!

  Voter Guide: Everything you need to know about Election Day in the Mid-South

People across the Mid-South will not only be voting for president, but local initiatives, Congress, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

  US Senate candidates make final campaign stops ahead of Election Day

This election has spurred huge interest in Tennessee. Over half of registered voters have already cast their ballots.

  Mississippians prepare to head to polls to vote on new state flag

While more than 170,000 people in Tennessee have already voted during the early voting period, in Mississippi, polls open for the first time Tuesday on Election Day.

  Shelby Co. will implement COVID-19 safety precautions on Election Day

For those that haven’t already early voted, you’ll notice a few changes at polling sites when you vote on Election Day.

  Absentee accepted at drop boxes through midnight

The deadline to get absentee ballots in the mail is November 3 in Mississippi.

Early voting ends Monday in Arkansas

Voters in Arkansas still have one more day to vote early.

Tennessee voters can drop off mail-in ballots at designated post offices on Election Day

ennessee voters who have yet to mail their absentee ballots can now drop their ballots off at designated post offices until 3 p.m. Election Day.

  Tenn. Senate candidates weigh in on COVID-19 and economy

This election cycle has been anything but normal with record-breaking turn-out in the midst of a pandemic.

Mississippi absentee voting continues to increase

Mississippi’s top elections official says absentee voting continues at a brisk pace.

  Miss. voters could change the way state leaders are elected on November 3rd

Mississippians will vote on this item on November 3rd.

  Deadline to request absentee ballot in Tennessee is Tuesday

The last day to request an absentee ballot is Tuesday, October 27 in Tennessee if you want to vote by mail ahead of the November 2020 presidential election.

  Bradshaw hoping to play spoiler in race with Trump ally Hagerty for Tennessee U.S. Senate seat

Among the high-profile races across the country is the bid to replace outgoing Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee. Democratic candidate Marquita Bradshaw is working to turn the seat blue as Trump ally Bill Hagerty goes into the home stretch with the support of the Republican Party.

  Joe Biden endorses Tennessee candidate for U.S. Senate Marquita Bradshaw

Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden is lending his support for Tennessee’s U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Marquita Bradshaw.

  Final weekend of early voting in Tennessee

It’s the final weekend to cast an early ballot for the upcoming election.

  TN Secretary of State visits Shelby County early voting locations amidst record turnout

Early voting continues in Shelby County and across Tennessee with a turnout that may break records.

  DeBerry, Harris square off in highly-watched Tenn. House District 90 contest

One of the most-watched Tennessee House races this cycle is the district 90 contest in Memphis.

  U.S. Attorney General in Memphis to give update on Operation LeGend

The U.S. Attorney General William Barr plans to visit Memphis Wednesday to give an update on a recently launched law enforcement initiative called Operation LeGend.

  Memphis and Shelby County officials discuss election preparations and enhanced security measures

Leaders assured Shelby Countians their right to vote will be protected from intimidation or civil unrest amid a polarizing presidential election cycle.

  Shelby County election officials say provisional ballot usage unusually high to start early voting

Election officials say some people who requested absentee ballots are now showing up at the polls to vote in person.

Long lines kick off early voting in Arkansas

Some voters waited as long as an hour to cast their ballots on the first day of early voting.

As virus cases rise, Rep. Thompson suggests Mississippi reimplement statewide mask mandate

Gov. Reeves is set to provide an update on the virus and the state’s response to it Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Same names, some new dynamics in US Senate contest

Mississippi’s 2020 U.S. Senate race has the same top candidates as in 2018 — Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith and challenger Mike Espy.

  Voters wait in lines as Shelby County breaks records for first day of early voting in 2020 presidential election

The Shelby County Election Commission reported no major issues as voters headed to the polls for the first day of early voting county-wide.

  Heavy turnout expected for first day of early voting in Shelby County Wednesday

The downtown precinct opens first at 8 a.m with two dozen other polling locations opening at 9 a.m.

  More than 22K absentee ballots mailed in Shelby County so far

Shelby County election officials said Tuesday they have mailed more than 22,000 absentee ballots, and voters still have another two weeks to request to vote by mail.

  Education a key issue in Tennessee House District 83 general election contest

Incumbent Republican Mark White is defending his seat against Democratic challenger Jerri Green, and education is a main issue.

  Shelby County Commissioners fail to approve millions for new voting machines

Voting starts Wednesday in Shelby County and voters will again use the more than decade-old voting machines.

  Early voting in Shelby County begins Wednesday

“I strongly urge everybody to get out and vote. Do not allow fear in any form or fashion to keep you at home,” said Dr. Bruce Randolph, Shelby County health officer.

  Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings expected to drive voter turnout in presidential election

WMC political analyst Michael Nelson says confirmation hearings are less about trying to sway undecided voters and more about increasing turn out across the board.

58,000 absentee ballots have been received in Mississippi

The secretary of state’s office says more than 91,000 absentee ballots have been requested.

  Campaign fundraising continues in race for Tennessee U.S. Senate seat

How much do fundraising and endorsements matter in a traditionally red state?

  Hyde-Smith, Espy battle for U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi as Election Day approaches

National attention is now focused on Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and her Democratic challenger Mike Espy. One recent poll is showing Hyde-Smith up by one percentage point.

  The Investigators: Voting equipment became more expensive after elections administrator’s modifications

Shelby County voters will choose their preferred candidates next month using machines that have been in operation for over a decade.

  APPLY HERE: Shelby County in need of 600 poll workers for November election

If you’re a registered voter and available on Election Day, you could play a big role in making sure the voices of Shelby Countians are heard, while also getting a paycheck.

  Mid-South lawmakers react to Vice Presidential debate

Mid-South lawmakers are reacting to Wednesday night’s Vice Presidential debate.

  WATCH: How to fill out your Shelby County absentee ballot correctly for November election

The last day to request an absentee ballot from the Shelby County Election Commission is Oct. 7, but Administrator of Election Linda Phillips is advising voters to do it before Oct. 20.

  Tennessee candidates vying for U.S. Senate seat

A U.S. Senate race out of Tennessee is gaining national attention, and with COVID-19 restrictions, the campaign has looked very different.

Masks will not be required for the November election in Mississippi

Mississippi voters will not be required to wear a mask when they vote in the November election. Secretary of State Michael Watson says no voter should be denied the right to vote for not wearing a mask.

  First absentee ballots hit the mail from Shelby County Election Commission ahead of November election

As of Wednesday, absentee ballots for November’s election are now in the mail to Shelby County voters that have requested them.

  National attention on Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race

National attention is coming for the U.S. Senate race in Mississippi but will it make a difference in the outcome.

  Shelby County Election Commission expects to mail absentee ballots within days

To date, the Election Commission has received nearly 20,000 requests for absentee mail-in ballots, about 16,000 more requests than in 2016.

Sample ballot: Here’s everything Mississippians will vote for in November

With November 3 nearing, all options on Mississippi’s ballots are finalized.

  Voter guide: What you need to know about Election Day in the Mid-South

Voters head to the polls Nov. 3 to decide federal, state and local races throughout the region with several major races on the ballot, including president of the United States.

Monday is Mississippi voter registration deadline for general election

The general election is Tuesday, November 3.

  Voter registration drive brings awareness to domestic violence

Community leaders are coming together to share the importance of voting, and the role it could play in reducing domestic violence.

  Uncertainty looms after President Trump contracts COVID-19 before election

Many are left wondering what President Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis means for the remainder of the campaign trail.

  Mid-South lawmakers get tested for COVID-19 after contact with President Trump amid coronavirus diagnosis

Elected officials from Mid-South states are getting tested because of exposure to COVID-19 from President Donald Trump and the White House.

Shelby County commissioner recovers from coronavirus

Commissioner Mick Wright explained his bout with the virus in a news release Friday, saying he experienced very minor symptoms during his illness and isolation period.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith meets with SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett

This week, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has been meeting with lawmakers, including Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

  Tennessee appeals court rules governor’s school voucher program unconstitutional

Governor Bill Lee’s controversial “school voucher program” suffered another blow Tuesday when the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision that the Education Savings Account Act is unconstitutional.

  FAQ: Voting absentee in Shelby County in the 2020 presidential election

Determine if you’re eligible and find more information about the process.

  Barrett confirmation hearings set to start in October

Rhodes College alumna Amy Coney Barrett is one step closer to achieving something very few legal experts ever will: a seat on the nation’s highest court.

  Rhodes College alumni start Facebook group to oppose Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

Some graduates of Rhodes College disagree with Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court and have started a fast growing Facebook group in opposition.

  Who is Amy Coney Barrett?

Amy Coney Barrett is a Class of ’94 graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis. A former professor, her roommate, and the current President of Rhodes are sharing their thoughts about Coney Barrett’s nomination to the high court.

Local lawmakers react to nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Mid-South lawmakers are praising President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.