Absentee ballots counted at FedExForum in historic election

Absentee ballots counted at FedExForum

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A big part of the ballot counting effort was at FedExForum on election night. That’s where poll workers tabulated thousands of absentee ballots that arrived before the big day.

It took just over 13 hours to process approximately 27,000 absentee ballots at FedEx Forum

It was a huge task that started early Tuesday morning at 7 a.m.

Two hundred bi-partisan poll workers from each party had to physically open, inspect and scan thousands of mail-in ballots.

Shelby County Election Administrator Linda Phillips says the process went smoothly. The only hiccup was the overseas and military ballots.

Counting absentee votes at FedExForum

Those ballots could be emailed in so the absentee ballots had to be remade so they could be run through the scanner.

We spoke to three poll workers who said they were happy to play a role in the Democratic process.

“We were the final step that means when it got to us we were able to say yes this number was actually counted and we can sign off so it was so exciting to meet great people and to be a part of history for 2020,” said poll worker Tara Hunter.

“We needed to make our mark.," said Milton Williamson. "We decided all of us to come here and make our mark. And we’ll probably make our mark next election as well.”

Volunteers ready to count absentee ballots

Once all of the mail-in ballots were processed they were downloaded onto flash drives. Those flash drives were sent back to the Shelby County election headquarters on Nixon Drive by police escort.

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