Shelby County makes record-breaking overall voter turnout in 2020 presidential election

Shelby County voting wrap up

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Shelby Election Commission reported no major problems while working to get the results of this year’s election.

More than 380,000 people in Memphis and SHelvy County cast their ballots in this election, 301,000 cast early ballots more than 27,000 cast absentee ballots and 54,000 cast their votes on Election Day -- which was a low voter turnout.

The total number is still the highest turnout for a presidential election in Shelby County since 2008 when Barack Obama and John McCain squared off for the White House.

The biggest change this year: early voting and the number of people who turned out -- it was a record event.

That’s a testament to the early voting process. I advocate the early voting process," said Shelby County Election Commissioner Bennie Smith. “We do have a way to alleviate so many people in such a large county because we are a large county. And having 14 days of people being able to vote. We stretched the hours, we kept all the sites open and that allowed that bottleneck to kind of clear.”

Voter turnout in Shelby County hit 65%.

County election commissions have until Nov. 23 to certify the election.

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