Election Day

The polls in Memphis close at seven this evening and there shouldn’t be any lines which doesn’t necessarily indicate a light voter turnout. That may be the case, but it is hard to tell because this is, for most city voters, a one item ballot.

The schools consolidation question is the only item on the ballot unless you live in state House district 98. In that case, you can add a one candidate uncontested race for the state house to the list.

It’s perfect weather for a low turnout based on what rain and even the threat of rain have done to optimistic voter turnout projections in past elections. The best example of that is the May 2010 county primaries. Early voting this time accounted for seven percent of the city’s 420,000 voters. So, read the tea leaves however you want.

When the polls close, we will begin our coverage of the numbers via our Twitter account @tdnpols with web stories at TDN online.

First to come will be the early vote totals which should be closer to 8 pm than 7:30 pm. The early vote will be a good indicator of how the rest of the vote count will go.