MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has decided that the election commission in Tennessee's largest county must open all early voting locations a day earlier than originally planned.
The Commercial Appeal reports that Shelby County Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins ruled Monday that the county must open all 27 sites for early voting for the August elections on July 16. Jenkins on Tuesday changed the date to July 17, in a compromise with election officials who said July 16 was too early.
Officials had planned to open three sites during the first four days of early voting — which starts Friday — followed by the opening of the remaining sites July 18.
Lawsuits from the NAACP and Democrats argued the original plan would disenfranchise inner-city voters who rely on public transportation to get to voting sites.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com