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Mississippi absentee voting continues to increase

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

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

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

  Final weekend of early voting in Tennessee

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

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

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

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

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

Long lines kick off early voting in Arkansas

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

Same names, some new dynamics in US Senate contest

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

  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

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

58,000 absentee ballots have been received in Mississippi

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

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

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

  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.

Trump picks Rhodes College alumna Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation and that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his reelection effort.

  Tennessee senator looking to make legislative changes in wake of Breonna Taylor decision

The case of Breonna Taylor has brought many conversations to the forefront including what the charge of wanton endangerment means. One Tennessee senator is taking those conversations and hoping to make legislative changes happen.

’No one should be surprised’ Sen. Lamar Alexander says he will consider Pres. Trump’s candidate to replace Justice Ginsburg

Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says he will “consider” whoever President Trump nominates as a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  Local lawmakers react to death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Mid-South lawmakers are sharing their condolences for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday evening at 87 years old.

Court blocks referendum on Arkansas eye surgery law

The Arkansas Supreme Court has blocked a referendum on a law expanding the procedures that optometrists can perform.

  Casting a ballot in Mississippi will look different in November

The Secretary of State's office has provided Personal Protection Equipment to precincts in Mississippi to protect poll workers and voters.

  Gov. Bill Lee announces enhancement of law enforcement policies, pledges funding for cadet scholarships

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is discussing the latest response to COVID-19 in the state.

  Memphis City Council urges state to ban all payday lenders

Every council member voted in favor of a resolution urging Tennessee lawmakers to revoke and ban business licenses for all payday lenders.

Mississippi voters with preexisting medical conditions may vote absentee

The decision was approved by Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Denise Owens on Wednesday evening.

  Mississippi to vote on final flag design in November

Just over two months after the Mississippi Legislature voted to change the state’s flag, a new design has been decided to present to voters this November.

Gov. Bill Lee signs executive orders extending state of emergency through September

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order No. 59 Friday, extending the state of emergency through Sept. 30.

  Alice Johnson speaks on final night of Republican National Convention

Alice Johnson, a Memphis grandmother whose life sentence on federal drug charges was commuted last year by President Donald Trump at the urging of Kim Kardashian-West, spoke Thursday at the Republican National Convention.

  New order issued allowing medically-vulnerable, caretakers to vote by absentee ballot

People who are medically-vulnerable to COVID-19 and their caretakers are listed among those eligible to vote absentee by mail.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn to speak at RNC

Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn is set to speak at the 2020 Republican National Convention.

Low-income voters could swing November election, report finds

Low-income voters could have a big impact on the November election, if they cast a ballot according to the Poor People’s Campaign.

  Gov. Bill Lee signs controversial bill increasing punishment for protest-related offenses into law

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed a controversial bill into law increasing mandatory sentencing for a variety of protest-related crimes.

Gov. Bill Lee warning parents, educators about internet predators while children learn online

Thursday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee gave an update on COVID-19 in the state.

  Memphis mayor’s push to get police residency issue back on ballot fails with council veto

Mayor Jim Strickland vetoed an ordinance Tuesday evening that removed the issue of police residency from the November ballot, but councilors immediately voted to override the veto, effectively ending the effort to expand police residency requirements.

  Watch: Tennessee State Sen. Raumesh Akbari speaks Tuesday night at Democratic National Convention

Tennessee State Sen. Raumesh Akbari is set to give a keynote speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention.

  Memphis area postal union leaders speak out about recent changes

Congressman Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, was in Memphis Tuesday to address issues with the U.S. Postal Service before Congress turns to Washington to tackle the situation.

  Tennesseans can vote absentee, but USPS delays won’t guarantee ballots make it by deadline

Shelby County Election Commissioner Bennie Smith predicts more than 330,000 Shelby Countians could vote in November.

  Mid-South political leaders make push for census, say funding depends on everyone’s participation

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and Congressman Steve Cohen came together Monday to urge more people to return their census forms to ensure Memphis and Shelby County get the appropriate amount of federal funding for the next 10 years.

  Postal Service problems causing concerns for Mid-South ahead of November election

Questions continue to pile up for the head of the United States Postal Service (USPS), along with growing concerns about the integrity of the November election.

State Sen. Raumesh Akbari set to speak at DNC

Tennessee State Senator Raumesh Akbari is set to give a keynote speech at Tuesday’s Democratic National Convention.

  Tennessee lawmakers end special session with passage of controversial bills

Tennessee lawmakers wrapped up a three-day special session this week by passing controversial measures that include strengthening penalties against protesters and providing liability protections to businesses.

  Memphis lawmakers outraged by new bills set to increase punishments for protester-related crimes

Several Memphis lawmakers say they’re outraged about new state bills creating harsher punishments for protesting.

  New court date set for Sen. Katrina Robinson

Tennessee Senator Katrina Robinson will have another court date on Aug. 18.

  Tennessee lawmakers pass liability protection bill

A bill that supporters say will protect Tennessee businesses and other organizations from frivolous lawsuits related to COVID-19 is now headed to Gov. Bill Lee's desk.

  Tenn. Sen. Katrina Robinson pleads not guilty to federal charges

Tennessee Senator Katrina Robinson has pleaded not guilty to multiple federal charges, including embezzlement.

Miss. Legislature votes to override governor’s veto of education budget

This is the first time since 2002 that the legislature voted to override a governor’s veto.

  Tennessee lawmakers convene for special session

Tennessee lawmakers are heading back to the Capitol on Monday to address legislation that would provide health care providers, schools and businesses broad protections against coronavirus lawsuits.

  Memphian Marquita Bradshaw makes history as Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate

It was a stunning victory for Marquita Bradshaw, and a historic one at that, in Thursday’s Democratic U.S. Senate Primary.

  Shelby County Election Commission expects surge of absentee, early votes in November

Officials at the Shelby County Election Commission said Thursday night was a good test run for November, as we think of voting in the era of COVID-19.

  Marquita Bradshaw, Bill Hagerty to face off in Tennessee Senate race

There are big headlines coming out of Thursday night’s Tennessee primary race, both in Memphis and across the state.

  DECISION 2020: Special coverage of Election Day in Tennessee

Join us as we break down the races, virus voting protocols and turnout with live coverage from the Shelby County Election Commission, candidate watch parties and the WMC Action News 5 studio.

  Memphis’ Marquita Bradshaw scores upset win in Democratic primary for Senate

Memphis environmentalist, Black activist and single mom Marquita Bradshaw has won the Democratic primary for an open U.S. Senate seat in Tennessee.