What a wild ride the last few months have been! On March 16, we conducted the first election in Shelby County history with only one candidate on the ballot, Justin Pearson. A few weeks following, Representative Justin Pearson became the new District 86 lawmaker before a controversial expulsion soon after. Pearson was reinstated by the County Commission on April 12. According to law, because Pearson was reinstated by appointment, another special election must be held.


Shelby County won't have to pay for the cost of the election, which is about $400,000. The county will be reimbursed for all expenses by the State of Tennessee.


Election Day for the District 86 Special Primary Election is coming up on June 15, but this time Pearson will have an opponent. A Democratic contender, David Page, also will be on the ballot. The Special General Election will be held on August 3.


Early Voting started May 26 and ends on June 10, 2023. We have three polling locations open for early voting: Baker Community Center, 7942 Church Rd. in Millington, Riverside Missionary Baptist Church, 3560 S. Third St., and the downtown location of the Shelby County Election Commission in the James Meredith Building, 157 Poplar Ave. 


We are also hard at work preparing for the Memphis Municipal Election, which is just around the corner - Oct. 5. Interested candidates can now pick up petitions and start getting Memphis voters' signatures as part of the qualification process.


Linda Phillips, Administrator of Elections