BTH: Journalists Discuss the Midterms and Memphis

Nov 2, 2018

Reporter Bill Dries on Behind the Headlines
Credit WKNO-TV
This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, Memphis jounalists discuss the upcoming election. Reporter Bill Dries of the Daily Memphian says the turnout for early voting in the Midterm elections exceeds the number of turnouts since 1994. Karanja Ajanaku of the New Tri-State Defender says that it's great the election is getting heightened attention, but there are still about 4,000 to 6,000 people in limbo because of incomplete voter registration forms. Ajanaku says people need to be informed and reach out to organizations (like the Memphis NAACP and League of Women Voters) if they have any questions or are unsure how and where to vote.  Guests also discuss the political landscape and climate surrounding the Midterms, including the controversy and court cases involving the three charter amendments that are on the ballot. In addition, Dries and Ajanaku talk about the candidates running for offices. Dries mentions that this election is different from past elections because Democrats are offering candidates for every seat available, compared to years past when it was an unspoken rule between Republicans and Democrats to not challenge incumbents running for office. Ajanaku admits that in talking with Republicans, they say that the Democratic party is not the same party as it was a couple of years ago.   To wrap up, guests talk about economic growth in Memphis and talk about areas that need attention.