SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Help is on the way to make sure votes get counted and tabulated on election night instead of days later.
The Shelby County Election Commission is new getting three new scanners bought with CARES Act money from the Tennessee Secretary of State to process an estimated 29,000 absentee ballots.
This means absentee ballots that used to take days to count and process will now take just hours.
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“Don’t get me wrong," said Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillips. "That is a real significant number but we can get it done. We can get it done by midnight.”
If you haven’t mailed your absentee ballot, there’s another option to get it into the hands of election officials who will count it. Take the ballot to the Bartlett Post Office on Elmore Road on Election Day before 3 p.m. The post office will sort and send it to the Shelby County Election Office.
“It needs to have a stamp on it. That is a very important part,” said Phillips. “But if they get it to the Bartlett Post Office before three o’clock, it will be delivered to us by seven on Election Day.”
Phillips said the one day absentee ballot drop off is happening across the state. The option should help people still nervous about their ballots not being delivered on time.
“I still think you have enough time to put in the mail and that is easier on the voter,” said Phillips.
If you decided to drop off your absentee ballot at the Bartlett Post Office, the Postal Service tells FOX13 you can drop off inside or use the mailbox. The Secretary of State prefers you go to the counter and handed it to a postal employee. Again, make sure the ballot has a first-class stamp on it.