Mid-South could see record voting turnout

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Shelby County Election Commission hasn't released the numbers yet, but officials said registration could hit an all-time high. And that could mean longer lines and other delays as new voters could require extra help.

Commission chairperson Myra Stiles recommends voters study the ballot before heading to the polls to avoid holding up the line.

If you registered to vote by mail, it's a good idea to bring a valid ID with your name and address.

And if you registered by mail right before the October 6 deadline, Stiles suggests waiting until after the weekend to vote early because workers are still processing new voter applications.

Because of the high registration rate, the commission is adding two extra voting machines and two extra poll workers at each of the 19 early voting sites.

"We always have a 50 to 60 percent turnout for presidential elections. This time, it's going to be that much and possibly even more," Stiles said.

If you've moved, she says early voting may be right for you because you're allowed to vote at any polling site for the next two weeks. You can only vote at your precinct on November 4.

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., but dinnertime is peak voting time, so you might want to get in and out before the rush.

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