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BTH: Shelby County Elections


Shelby County Election Commission Brent Taylor and Shelby County Commissioner Van Turner join host Eric Barnes and Daily Memphian reporter Bill Dries.

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way citizens voted in the 2020 primary elections. In Shelby County, voters used disposable styluses, practiced social distancing, used write-in ballots with relaxed requirements, and more, says Shelby County Election Commissioner Brent Taylor.

In the 2022 election season, voters will see some health and safety practices stay, but Taylor says that write-in ballots will fall back to pre-pandemic standards.

This week on WKNO Channel 10’s Behind the Headlines, Taylor and Shelby County Commissioner Van Turner join host Eric Barnes and Daily Memphian reporter Bill Dries. Guests talk about COVID-19's effect on voting, as well as health and safety practices that are going to be used in upcoming election seasons.

In addition, guests talk about voting legislation and how local officials are trying to ensure a fair and just outcome in elections.