What was voter turnout like for midterm election in Shelby County?

Published 9:54 am Wednesday, November 9, 2022

By ALEC ETHEREDGE | Managing Editor

Voting precincts may not have been quite as busy as they were during the 2020 election, but steady crowds streamed into their voting locations during the midterm election on Tuesday, Nov. 8 to cast a ballot.

At the end of the day, more than 70,000 voters in Shelby County headed to the polls to vote in the election, which featured several local races and statewide races for governor, senator and many other positions.

With 70,169 of 167,751 registered voters in the county casting a ballot on Tuesday, the voter turnout was a commendable 41.83 percent.

It was much higher than what was seen earlier this year during the Primary Election, while it was lower than the last non-presidential General Election in 2018.

Earlier this year, 23.69 percent of voters cast their ballot in the Primary Election to determine who would advance on their party’s ticket. During Tuesday’s General Election, that number grew by close to 20 percent.

In 2018, the number was slightly higher with 84,048 of 148,987 registered voters casting a vote for a voter turnout of 56.4 percent.

That number, however, was one of the highest voter turnouts in the county’s history for a non-presidential election cycle, while the last two presidential elections have garnered right around 70 percent voter turnout in the county.

In the county, every Republican candidate received at least 72 percent of the vote in their respective race, while each amendment on the ballot received similar approval.

Statewide, the voter turnout during this election cycle a total of 1,419,718 ballots were cast out of 3,687,753 registered voters. That led to a 38.50 percent voter turnout, which was up 15 percent from the Primary Election.

The numbers were down from the 62.8 percent of voters during the 2020 election, while they were also slightly down from the 49.91 percent turnout in 2018.