MATA to offer free rides as early voting steams toward Friday peak

By , Daily Memphian Updated: August 02, 2022 10:45 AM CT | Published: July 28, 2022 8:53 PM CT

Through Wednesday, July 27, more than 56,000 Shelby County voters had cast early and absentee ballots ahead of the Aug. 4 election day.

And if recent elections are any guide, the Friday, July 29, early vote will be the highest daily turnout of the period that began July 15 and ends Saturday afternoon.

Ballot Basics: Early voting is July 15-30

Here are the locations and hours for early voting in Shelby County.

Turnout figures from the Shelby County Election Commission show 56,530 early and absentee ballots were cast through Wednesday in Shelby County.

Of that total, 33,673 voted in the Democratic state and federal primary election on the ballot that also includes county general elections. Another 21,977 had voted in the Republican primaries.

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The remaining 880 voted the general election ballot only, skipping the primaries.

Meanwhile, the Memphis Area Transit Authority will offer free rides on Friday, the next-to-last day of early voting.

The city’s bus system first offered the free rides anywhere on the system in April on the next-to-last day of early voting in the May county primaries.

This time the free service applies to fixed route buses only, and not the On Demand MATA service or MATA Plus, which were included in April.

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The bus service is free to anyone who boards a bus Friday on the fixed routes without regard to whether they are specifically going to vote.

The Shelby County Election Commission, Shelby County Voter Alliance and MATA have also posted bus routes specifically to get to any of the 26 early voting sites across the county.


August 2022 election early voting Memphis Area Transit Authority

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