Counties prepare for thousands of new voters

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Time is up for registering to vote in Shelby County.

This year, officials at the Shelby County Election Commission reported Monday, over 21,000 new voters registered, with hundreds more expected before the end of the day.

But it is not just in Shelby County where election officials are seeing a boom in registration.  In DeSoto County, Mississippi, 80,000 voters are expected at the polls this election.

DeSoto County Circuit Court Clerk Dale Thompson said it's a busy time of year.

"The phones ringing and the madhouse around here, that's the way it's been for the last month especially since we started voting absentee," Thompson said.

With the election just a few short weeks away, Thompson's staff is very busy, working to make sure all those that wish to vote on November 4th are able to do so.

"We have registered now over 80,000, and we probably have another 1000 applications - mail-ins - that we have to get processed, if we can ever stop taking phone calls long enough to," Thompson said.

The deadline to register in person in DeSoto County was Friday. By mail, it was this past Sunday.

Absentee ballots are now available for those who are either students, over the age of 65, or out of the county on election day.

For Thompson, the interest is unbelievable.

"I've never seen as many people in DeSoto County be as interested in an election," she said.

Anyone who lives in DeSoto County, but is registered in another county, must vote in the county they are registered in.

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