By TSD Newsroom

While African Americans make up nearly 70 percent of the Memphis population, the ability to wield that strength is marginalized if there is not a show of force at the polls.

Early voting now is underway for the Aug. 4 Federal and State Primaries and County General Elections. Registered voters can cast ballots through July 30.

Locations & sites


Shelby County Office Building, 157 Poplar Ave. Hours: Weekdays through July 29 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 30 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Satellite sites

Hours through July 30:

Weekdays – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
Saturdays (July 23, July 30) – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Abundant Grace Fellowship Church, 1574 E. Shelby Dr.
Agri-Center International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd.
Anointed Temple of Praise, 3939 Riverdale Rd.
Baker Community Center, 7942 Church Rd.
Bellevue Baptist Church, 2000 Appling Rd.
Berclair Church of Christ, 4536 Summer Ave.
Bethel Church, 5586 Stage Rd.
Collierville Church of Christ, 575 Shelton Dr.
Dave Wells Community Center, 915 Chelsea Ave.
Ed Rice Community Center, 2907 N. Watkins.
Glenview Community Center, 1141 S., Barksdale St.
Greater Lewis Street Baptist Church, 152 E. Parkway N (at Poplar Ave.).
Greater Middle Baptist Church, 4982 Knight Arnold Rd.
Mississippi Blvd. Church-Family Life Center, 70 N. Bellevue Blvd.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church 60 S. Parkway E.
New Bethel Baptist Church, 7786 Poplar Pike.
Raleigh U.M. Church 3295 Powers Rd.
Riverside Baptist Church, 3560 S. Third St.
The Refuge Church, 9817 Huff N Puff Rd.
White Station Church of Christ, 1106 Colonial Rd.

NOTE: While you must be registered at least 30 days before an election to vote in it, get registered anyway! More opportunities are ahead. The Federal and State General Elections are Nov. 8. For more information: call 901-222-1200; visit