Chancellor: Shelby County Must Amend Early Voting Plans - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 10, 2018
Shelby County Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins ruled that the county must open two new early voting sites in underserved areas during the first days of early voting and all 27 early voting locations across the county on July 17, after the NAACP and local Democratic leaders filed lawsuits claiming the previous voting schedule would reduce turnout in predominantly African-American communities. The Commercial Appeal reports that Jenkins found the Shelby County Election Commission’s original plan, which only opened three sites during the first days of early voting and wouldn't open the rest until July 18, amounted to voter suppression and would have a “chilling effect” on voters.