Early voting sets good pace, expands today

Make of it what you will, but the totals from the first two days of early voting show a brisk pace, with the Shelby County Election Commission precinct getting more than twice as much business on Friday and Saturday as it received in the May county primaries -- 775 people made it Downtown to vote vs. 350 who did so on the same two opening days of early voting in May.

Counting the absentee ballots and those votes picked up at nursing homes, 1,432 people cast ballots, which was 527 more than on the first two days of early voting in May. More people asked for Democratic ballots for state and federal primaries (993, or 69.3 percent) than Republican ballots (369, or 25.8 percent) -- not a big surprise given that getting Downtown would be inconvenient for the bulk of suburban voters. Of course, a voter can ask for a Republican primary ballot but vote for Democrats in the county general elections (or vice versa).

Early Voting expands to satellite locations today and continues through July 31, going from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays at all locations. On Saturdays at the Election Commission (157 Poplar), it runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. but at satellite locations Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Satellite locations:
Agricenter (Rotunda Hallway),  7777 Walnut Grove
Anointed Temple Of Praise (Youth Room),  3939 Riverdale
Baker Community Center, 7942 Church
Bellevue Baptist, 2000 Appling
Berclair Church of Christ, 4536 Summer  
Bethel Church,  5586 Stage
Bishop Byrne High School, 1475 E. Shelby Drive
Factory Outlet (Suite 106), 3570 Canada  
Collierville Church of Christ,  575 W. Shelton  
Dave Wells Community Center,  915 Chelsea
Glenview Community Center, 1141 S. Barksdale
Greater Middle Baptist Church (Fellowship Hall),  4982 Knight Arnold
Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church (Family Life Center),  70 N. Bellevue  
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church (Fellowship Bldg)., 3045045 Chelsea  
New Bethel Baptist Church (Family Life Center), 7786 Poplar Pike
Pyramid Recovery Center, 1833 S. Third
Raleigh United Methodist Church,  3295 Powers  
Riverside Baptist Church,  3560 S. Third
Shiloh Baptist Church, 3121 Range Line Road
White Station Church of Christ,  1106 Colonial

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