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Record number of early voters in Shelby County

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

More than 151,000 voters have cast their ballots so far this election season. That marks the highest early voting number in Shelby County history.

Numbers show 25% of Shelby County voters turned out this year.

More women turned out to vote early compared with men in Shelby County. Just over 90,000 women turned out, versus nearly 60,000 men.

In Shelby County, about 9,000 more black people turned out compared to Caucasians.

Black people also beat out the category of other races. 36 percent of voters were black, 30 percent Caucasian, and 33 percent other races.

Voters say they cast their ballots with big issues on their mind.

They're concerned about the debt crisis, boosting the middle class, Medicare and jobs.

Voters we spoke with say they didn't use a library card, because some don't have the required picture. Some say fears of big crowds on Election Day pushed them to vote before Election Day.

MORE: Both sides claim victory in library card voter ID battle

But, many still ended up in long lines during the final day of early voting.

"Well I wanted to come out and beat the crowd, I know my vote is not going to change, got my mind made up on who I want to vote for, just think it's time to go ahead and pull it," said voter Don Goode.

 "I'm early voting to beat the long lines and I thought I'd come out and it's a little line, but it's worth the wait, worth the wait," said early voter Shantel Adams.

Early voting wrapped up on Thursday, so the next chance to cast your ballot is on Tuesday, Election Day.

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