MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Early voting ended Thursday in Tennessee, and voter turnout set records in Shelby County.
According to the Shelby County Election Commission, over 53 percent of residents have already voted in the 2020 Presidential Election.
The Commission will remain busy gearing up to election day on Tuesday.
Today and over the weekend the Commission will be mailing out absentee ballots.
More than 20,000 people have already mailed in their votes, according to the Commission.
A total of 301,215 people voted early in Shelby County, surpassing early voting numbers set in 2008, when just under 250,000 people early-voted.
Suzanne Thompson with the Shelby County Election Commission said the early voting process came with very few bumps.
“We had very few issues. The lines - although they looked long, people moved through very fast,” Thompson said.
The early vote count is very close to total voter turnout in 2016, which is just over 60 percent.
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The record number for voter turnout in Shelby County is 74 percent, set in 1980.
Political experts say the record could be met or surpassed.
Thompson explained more than 5,000 ballots have not been sent back.
And, if you haven’t received your mail-in ballot, Thompson says there is a solution.
“Be patient. You know, right before Election Day. If you still haven’t gotten your ballot you can come to a polling location and vote provisionally,” Thompson said.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot was Tuesday. The Shelby County Election Commission finished sending out the last round of requested ballots today.
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