Rolling blackouts threaten voting in Shelby County

Rolling blackouts threaten voting in Shelby County
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An explosion at a Memphis, Light, Gas and Water substation is putting voting at risk in Arlington and Lakeland.

The explosion is putting more stress on the electrical infrastructure. Due to that stress, MLGW said it may be forced to have rolling blackouts in various neighborhoods. They released this map of the neighborhoods most likely to see the blackouts.

One voting area found in the map is Refuge Church.

"I want the public to understand that voting never stops," Administrator of Elections in Shelby County Linda Phillips said.

Phillips said her voting machines can run on batteries for four to six hours. But just in case the blackouts last longer, she's installing a generator at Refuge Church.

"The generator is there as a backup to a backup," Phillips said.

George Whitfield is one of the 200,000 people who are expected to vote in this election in Shelby County. He knows how important elections are and is happy Shelby County is doing everything possible to make sure everyone can participate.

"So everyone will be able to vote. They need some backup so no problems occur," Whitfield said.

Early voting runs through July 30. Election Day is August 4.

The MLGW substation is scheduled to be back in working order August 8.

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