Election Commission offers tips before you head to the poll

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Election officials in Shelby County are already predicting a record turnout for Decision 2008.  It is an election that is expected to attract voters who have not been to the polls in a long time.

But that means some of them could be turned away.  The Election Commission purges some registration records after every federal election.

If you missed voting in the last two federal elections, your registration is no longer valid.  If you're trying to confirm your registration on the Election Commission website, do not panic if your status comes up inactive.

"It doesn't mean that you can't vote, it means that we sent you something in the mail and it was returned to us, so we place you on inactive statusm but you can still vote," James Johnson of the Shelby County Election Commission said.
If you have not received your voter registration card in the mail yet, but you did register to vote before the deadline, you can still go vote. Your information is in the system even without your card.

Election commissioners say as long as your registration has not expired, with proper identification, they will be able to find you in the system at the same time you cast your ballot.

A couple of important things to remember:

  • You can vote at any precinct during early voting, but on election day you must vote at the precinct assigned to you.
  • You can also vote at the Election Commission downtown during early voting, but not on election day.

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