Candidates urged to pick up, file petitions by April 2 deadline


MEMPHIS — The Election Commission is currently issuing and accepting petitions for filing to run for office in the Aug. 6 state and federal primary election. Petitions must be picked up by the candidate or by a campaign representative at an office of the SCEC.

“While many businesses and offices are closed due to the Mayor Strickland’s ‘Stay at Home’ order, the Election Commission offices remain open to prepare for the Aug. 6 primary election,” said Linda Phillips, administrator of elections for the Shelby County Election Commission. “During the current health emergency, we have reduced our staff to the bare minimum to limit our employees’ public exposure.”

The east office located at 980 Nixon Dr. will continue to serve walk-in requests for petitions during its normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, due to the staffing situation, petitions will be issued and received at the downtown office at 157 Poplar Ave., Ste. 137 by appointment only. Petitioners are asked to call 901-222-1200 to schedule an appointment.

“Because fewer employees are still working in the downtown office, the Election Commission prefers that petitioners come to the east office to pick up and drop off petitions,” Phillips said. “We will continue to issue them and receive the filings at both locations as required by law.”

Many people may choose mail-in filing. Petitions must be received, not just postmarked, by the Election Commission office by the deadline, noon on Thursday, April 2. Candidates are advised to leave adequate time for postal delivery.