Higher turnout expected for early voting beginning Wednesday

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Shelby County election leaders expect a higher than normal turnout this local primary election season.

Early voting begins Wednesday April 11th.

"We're seeing a tremendous spike in registrations," said Linda Phillips the administrator of elections in Shelby County. She said a surge of new voter registrations at the last minute has her thinking more people will vote this election season.

Phillips also says about 20 percent of county voters will make it to the ballot box for this upcoming primary election--which includes races for county mayor, county commissioners, the sheriff, trustee, some of the court clerks, and assessor.

She said about 66 percent of Shelby County voters will vote early and early voting begins Wednesday at 21 locations spanning from Collierville to Downtown Memphis. The primary election date is May 1st for local races with the general election August 2nd.

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