MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Today is the last day of early voting in Tennessee.
Across Shelby County, early voting locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Yesterday, 14,892 Shelby County voters made their way to the polls, according to the Shelby County Election Commission.
More than half of the 590,000 registered voters in the Shelby County have already voted, according to the Commission.
The Commission said this year they’ve seen the largest voter turnout recorded in over 20 years.
Up The Vote 901 is a grassroots organization encouraging people in Shelby County to vote.
The group is working to make sure people know their rights at the polls, especially first-time voters.
Earle Fisher says offering voter education is what the ultimate goal of Up The Vote 901.
The organization hosted a handful of virtual and in-person events educating voters on the reasons to vote.
“One of the things we have to be willing to do as an engaged, informed voter base is organize, mobilize and vote folk out of office who don’t represent us,” Fisher said.
Informing voters of their rights when it comes to voting also played a part in bringing people to the polls.
Fisher says people need to know they have rights to ask for a paper ballot if the voting machines go down at polling stations.
According to the ACLU, voters should also be aware if they make a mistake on a ballot they have a right to ask for a new ballot.
Voters also have the right to take off from work up to eight hours on Election Day.
Fisher says knowing this knowledge will hopefully increase voter turnout for years to come.
“I don’t think our message has necessarily changed. We have always been about giving more power and representation to more people and increasing voter turnout in Memphis and Shelby County in every election. We don’t have a registration problem in Memphis and Shelby County. We have a voter education problem, which leads to low voter turnout,” Fisher said.
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If you run into a problem at the polls or just want to know your rights as a voter you can call the ACLU’s Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
Absentee ballots have also set a record this year.
More than 20,000 have mailed in their votes, according to the Commission.
Tuesday was the last day to request an absentee ballot in Tennessee.
In Arkansas, early voting runs through Monday.
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