First day of early voting has brisk turnout
More than 500 Shelby County registered voters turned out on Tuesday for the first day of early voting for the November general election.
When the early voting location closed, 513 people had cast ballots, officials said.
Early voting for the upcoming General Election continues through Oct. 30, at the Center Community House. Early voting hours this week, through Friday, Oct. 16, are from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., according to Jennifer Fountain, Shelby County Clerk.
On the two Mondays, Oct. 19 and 26, the location will be open 7-7.
Saturday, Oct. 24 10-2.
Sunday, Oct. 25, 12-4.
All other days 8-4:30.
“Remember, there is no longer Straight Party Voting on the ballot,” Fountain said. “You will have to mark each individual you wish to vote for. Please allow for time to mark your ballot completely.”
She also wanted voters to note there is NO CAMPAIGNING inside the polling place, meaning no shirts, caps, face masks, etc containing any name or party on the ballot may be worn inside the polling place, or within 100 feet of the front door.
“This has always been the law,” Fountain said. “You will be asked to remove anything political before you may vote.”
She said poll workers at the early voting location will be practicing social distancing and sanitizing tables between voters to ensure the public's safety.
Voters with questions or those who need to request a ballot by mail, please call the Shelby County Clerks Office at 936-598-6361.