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Early voting underway in Shelby County primaries until Feb. 25

Early voting now is underway through Feb. 25 for the March 3 Presidential Preference Primary and the Shelby County Primary Election.

Election officials predict about 30 percent of the county’s 563,370 registered voters will have cast their ballots by the end of early voting period.

Linda Phillips, administrator of elections, said typically only 30 percent of registered voters vote. She said 60 percent of those voters wait until Election Day to cast their ballots in a presidential election because so many candidates drop out late in the race.

“If I’m voting on a Democratic ballot I’d like to try to vote as late as possible,” Phillips said. “If your candidate drops out of the race, there is no way to change your vote.

“There are no do-overs. People wait to see who survives,” Phillips said.

Election Day is March 3, or Super Tuesday because so many states hold primary elections and caucuses that day. Candidates for their parties’ presidential primaries pay particular attention to Super Tuesday because of the number of party convention delegates at stake.

President Donald Trump is the runaway choice on the Republican Primary ballot. A host of candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination.

After the recent Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar are the early delegate leaders.

Also on the local ballot are party primaries for General Sessions Court Clerk.

Any photo identification card issued by the state or federal government is required to vote. The card must have your name and a photo. It can be expired and you don’t need The REAL ID to vote.

All 26 early voting sites are open for early voting. The site at 157 Poplar is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. All other sites are open from 11 a.m. -7 p.m.

Voters can learn more about early voting and Election Day voting locations by using the GoVoteTN app or by going to the Election Commission website at www.shelbyvote.com.

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