Breaking Down Shelby County’s Early Vote

Posted on: 6:03 pm, October 24, 2012, by

(Memphis) More than 600,000 voters in Tennessee have cast ballots in early voting so far.

A total of 113,342 voters cast their ballots Tuesday, bringing the overall total to 604,918.

Counties around the state are reporting strong turnout and Shelby county is no different.

Thee are just 12 days until election day and by the time it arrives, likely half of Shelby County would have already voted.

As of yesterday, almost 90,000 here cast ballots.

At Dave Wells Community Center in North Memphis, they’re averaging about 500 voters a day.

Compared to some polling sites the traffic in and out of here is light.

“Everybody needs to get themselves together and come out and vote,” said Vernon Cole, voter.

Information from the election commission shows Whitehaven, East Memphis locations like White Station Church of Christ, Anointed Temple of Praise and early voting sites in the suburbs are pulling in around 1,000 voters a day.

“We have a little heavier turnout in the suburbs this time because they have an opportunity to vote on municipal school boards that they’ve not previously had,” said Richard Holden

As far as who is going to the polls, the numbers show the percentages of black and white voters are about equal.

When it comes to gender, women far out rank men. So far, 60% are women and 40% are men.

“Men are kind of slow,” laughed Vandora Powell.

“Oh yea, women voting is hot! But I don’t think the candidates have it right. I think we’re smarter than what they think,” said Mika Hyman, female voter.

The candidates may not have it right how women feel about the issues but they often spend a lot of time trying to impress women.

“That’s why the campaigns and candidates always react the way they do when they target their messages because that 60-40 split you can see it election after election after election,” said Holden.

Holden said when it comes to race, the other category is voting about the same rate as those who state their race as Black or White.

The election commission told us that’s because younger voters are registering their race as ‘other.’