<strong>State Rep. Joe Towns Jr. (right) joins a group of local lawmakers in supporting a return to hand-marked paper ballots as the safest voting system during a press conference at the Vasco A. Smith Jr. Administration Building on Jan. 17, 2020.</strong> (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian)

Hand-marked paper ballots for elections get new push

Commissioners talk about new voting machines next week, and the election commission plans to buy and begin using new voting machines this election year – but so far the focus has been on paper trails and not paper ballots to mark.

Aug. and Nov. ballot candidates begin campaign moves

Republican Charlotte Bergmann, who is seeking to once again challenge Democratic Cong. Steven Cohen this election year, kicked off her campaign this weekend at a gun-shooting range. Other contenders in other primary races on the August 6 ballot are making their moves as well. 

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