Ballot problems, school vote bring spotlight

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Incorrect ballots during early voting, a disputed proposal to create six new suburban school districts and a fight over photo identifications are putting Shelby County in the spotlight on Election Day.

The run-up to Thursday's election in the county that includes Memphis has been marked by confusion at some polls and federal court hearings on two different fronts. State officials are closely monitoring the process, concerned about election problems in a county that's seen its share of rocky votes.

The Department of Justice is also watching. The department's Memphis division says that assistant U.S. attorneys and FBI agents will be available to handle complaints of election fraud and voter rights abuses.

Turnout has been high so far. About 11 percent of the county's registered voters went to the polls early.


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