Election workers gear up for Thursday’s election across the city of Memphis

Local Elections

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Wednesday, Shelby County election workers made their final preparations ahead of the 2019 city of Memphis contests. Races on the ballot include Memphis mayor, city council, and the public safety referendum.

Election leaders expect the final turnout of eligible voters will be around 30%, which would be on par with last city of Memphis election in 2015.

Wednesday, as workers across the Bluff City set up their precincts, they also prepared to phase out the current voting machines for new ones next year.

“Always estimate high, so we’ve got enough equipment out tomorrow there really shouldn’t be any lines or waiting at all,” Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillips said.

Phillips said she’ll have a support staff of 100 people on standby, to assist with everything from last minute ballot questions to potential equipment issues.

Voters will head to more than 110 voting locations, making their choice for who will lead Memphis the next four years.

“Typically, if this is similar as 2015, we’ll expect about 55,000 people voting tomorrow,” Phillips said.

If that happens, Phillips believes the final turnout will be similar to the last citywide elections, after about 50,000 people cast their ballot during early voting.

The current voting machines are expected to be phased out and replaced by 1100 new devices for the 2020 presidential election.

“They’ve been here for a while and they are good machines, but it’s time to move on. There is better technology out there,” Phillips said.

As for when Phillips expects the first results to come in Thursday, she offered this: “It’s a big spread out county. I wouldn’t look for much before 8 o’clock.”

A couple of reminders for voters planning to participate Thursday.

  • Unlike the early voting period, you can only vote at your assigned neighborhood precinct on Election Day.
  • You must also bring a state or federal issued photo ID. College ID’s are not accepted.
  • Voting times will be from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., but keep in mind, if you are standing in line by 7:00 p.m., you will still be able to vote.

Join us for up to the minute election results on Local 24 News at 10.

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