Election Commission votes to open polling locations early

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Election Commission has unanimously voted to open polling locations an hour earlier due to the large voter turnout.

Beginning on Thursday, October 27, all Shelby County early voting locations will open at 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m.

“We want to provide the best possible service to the voters here in Shelby County, and to reduce wait times as much as possible,” Linda Phillips with the Election Commission said. “We are continually looking at ways to make voting as quick and easy as we can.”

Since October 20, the total number of voters casting their ballots early has exceeded the total from the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

As of Monday evening, more than 74,900 people have cast their votes.