Nicole Harris, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee
Voters throughout Shelby County are preparing to cast their ballot in the May 1 county primary election.
With 23 seats to fill, candidates are hitting the campaign trail in a final effort of garnering the most votes. At the top of the ballot are the party primaries for mayor. On the Democratic side of the ballot, Sidney Chism faces Lee Harris, while the Republican race has David Lenior, Terry Roland and Joy Touliatos seeking the office.
Here are five things you need to know before you go to the poll:
According to Shelby County Election Commission website, “The purpose of a primary election is for political parties to select their candidates to run in the general election. “
Dozens of candidates are running for the following offices:
- County Mayor
- County Commissioner Districts 1-13
- Assessor of Property
- County Trustee
- Circuit Court Clerk
- Criminal Court Clerk
- Juvenile Court Clerk
- Probate Court Clerk
- County Clerk
- Register of Deeds
Here’s a list of certified Republican and Democratic candidates, and a sample ballot.
The County Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 1. However, residents may early vote April 11-26.
On election day, residents must vote at the designated location for their district. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please be aware that some polling locations have changed for the 2018 election.
During early voting, ballots may be cast at any of the 21 satellite locations. Be sure to confirm the address and hours of operation of the location where you wish to vote.
What to bring
Unless there is an exemption, residents must present a federal or Tennessee state ID with a photo and name in order to vote. Voters may use the following IDs , even if expired:
- Tennessee driver’s license with photo
- United States passport
- Photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government
- United States Military photo ID
- Tennessee handgun carry permit with photo
College student IDs and photo IDs issued by other states may not be used to vote. In accordance with federal law, residents who registered by mail are required to vote in person the first time.
Residents who have requested an absentee ballot will not be allowed to vote in person. The Shelby County Election Commission must receive absentee ballot applications no later than seven days before the May 1 election day.
Ways to be part of election day
With more than a half a million registered voters in all of Shelby County, poll workers are needed to ensure the voting process runs smoothly. Workers are paid $160 for the day plus $30 for required training. Click here to view application requirements.
For more information on voting in Shelby County, visit www.shelbyvote.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 901-222-1200.