By Steven J. Mulroy
This past July, we saw how local election administration problems can threaten to suppress voters. The plan for scaling back early voting locations would have made it harder for voters, particularly black and Democratic voters, to vote early.Continue reading!
Supporter Column by Britney Thornton
In 2008, Memphians overwhelmingly voted to implement a voting method called Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). The City hasn’t implemented IRV since that vote but is actively attempting to deprive its supporters from using it. I’m writing today to voice my support for IRV because it’s easy to use and it allows for more women and people of color to participate in the political process than our current voting system, and it was already voted on in 2008 by the people of this city.
There’s a little unknown fact about Memphis City Council runoffs known as the “exhausted voter”. The exhausted voter represents the number of people who vote in the first round election in October but are too exhausted, for whatever reason, to vote in the runoff election the following November.Continue reading!
Who should elect members to the city council?
You in the ballot box or the city council itself in a back-room deal?
Now that Bill Morrison, Janis Fullilove, and Edmund Ford have won their Shelby County elections, it is time for them to resign their seats so they can be filled in a special election in November. They have the option, however, to run down the clock for 90 days, drawing double pay while they do. Their delinquency would also prevent a special election, meaning that the replacement chosen by the heavily-donor-influenced council would stay on for a full year before having to face an election.
If you believe that the city council should be elected by citizens and not selected by the donor class, call 901-636-6786 and let the city council know that you want Councilmembers Morrison, Fullilove, and Ford to immediately resign.
You can also come down to city hall, 125 N. Main St., on Tuesday, August 14th at 3:30 and fill out a public comment card to speak at the end of the meeting and make your demands heard that way.
Memphis Councilman Edmund Ford Jr. , district 6, gave a presentation to a neighborhood association Saturday July 28th, 2018. In a portion of his presentation, he selectively took screenshots from the Dec 5, 2018 city council video in order to make it look like instant runoff voting (IRV) was imposed by white people on black voters. This is an absolute lie about the kinds of people who support IRV. In fact, 71% of Memphis voters already voted in support of IRV. And there’s a growing list of supporters across the racial and political spectrum.
A couple days ago, I voted in Memphis, Tennessee! Mostly for people I believe will do good work for this city and county. But begrudgingly voted for some folks that were the lesser of two evils. That’s one of the many reasons I support Save Instant Runoff Voting Memphis. I want to rank my choices in order of preference. I don’t want to hold my nose and vote at the polling booths.
Here is an open letter to Councilman Ford Jr. from Save IRV, Inc.’s President Aaron Fowles. The letter was sent to City Council on July 28th, 2018.
When you’re scanning the sky for incoming artillery, you don’t always notice the termites chewing away at the beams in your basement.
That’s another way of saying, when you’re obsessed with the latest episodes of King Don Un’s reality show up in D.C., you sometimes forget to pay attention to what’s happening in your old home town. Specifically, what’s going on with the Memphis City Council and with certain members who are running for other offices to be decided in the upcoming August 2nd election.