Raleigh, N.C. — The number of ballots cast so far in North Carolina's early-voting period topped 1 million on Thursday, according to the state Board of Elections.
At a 7 p.m. count, 1,042,184 people had voted in person. Another 112,319 votes were cast by absentee ballot.
Early-voting numbers have far outpaced the same numbers from 2008 – as of Tuesday, 22 percent more people had voted statewide than in the first six days of early voting in 2008.
The Cumberland County Board of Elections has chosen to extend hours at four of its early-voting sites – the elections office in Fayettville, the Cliffdale Recreation Center, the Hope Mills Recreation Center and the North Regional Branch Library – to accommodate the crowds waiting to cast ballots.
Elections officials expect early voting to exceed 2 million by its Nov. 3 close.
Election Day is Nov. 6.