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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Election Commission says the last-minute surge of people trying to get registered for November’s election is keeping them busy.

“It’s the nature of humans to procrastinate, that is why we have deadlines. When you have those deadlines that is when people act,” said Commission Administrator Linda Phillips.

26-year old Ushal Patel registered to vote for the very first time, but like so many others, he waited until almost the last-minute.

“I’ve never voted before. This is my first time and it feels good,” said Patel.

“At one point they were snaked out into the hallway,” said Phillips.

For those waiting until Tuesday, Phillips said pack your patience.

She said things will be even busier on registration day, but if you don’t want to stop in and wait in line there are a few other options.

“They can email us their application but they have to be emailed before midnight tomorrow,” added Phillips.

She said the same rule applies to those sending their application through the mail. It must be postmarked October 11.

Keith Rowe lives more than 30 minutes from Memphis. He said he’s voted in every presidential election for the
last 30 years.

“I figured it might be easiest to drive down here and catch it before the deadline,” said Rowe.

The registration requirements:

  • Be registered to vote in Tennessee.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at a Tennessee address
  • Not be convicted of a felony and currently serving your sentence
  • If previously convicted of a felony, have had your voting rights restored
  • Not currently judged incompetent by a court.

Locations to register:

  • 980 Nixon Dr. (Shelby Farms Area office)
  • 150 Washington (Downtown office)
  • 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday – Friday