(WMC-TV) - Early voting in Shelby County kicked into high gear Friday morning with 22 voting locations open.
As of Saturday, more than 500 people already cast their votes.
At the polls at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, volunteers handed out campaign literature as they prepared for a long day.
Stanley Richardson was one of the first voters to show up.
"I believe in selecting who is going to represent me as a person in the community and that's the way I vote," said Richardson.
Richardson said he has voted every year for the past 50 years.
He thinks one of the issues that will drive people to the polls during this election is the municipal schools vote.
Other voters said the race for president is what drove them to the polls.
This year's ballot features dozens of candidates and issues for voters to decide on.
Voters say no matter what your favorite issue is or who your favorite candidate is, it is important that you get out and vote.
The city of Collierville is asking residents in newly annexed areas to wait a couple of days before casting their vote during this early voting period.
There is a problem with the Municipal School District referendum not appearing on the ballots for these residents.
The problem should be worked out very soon.