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Early polling serves eager voters

Posted October 19, 2012
Updated October 20, 2012

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— Whether they were enthusiastic about their choice or simply ready for Campaign 2012 to be over, voters again lined up around the Triangle Friday.

Friday saw more than 130,000 ballots cast statewide. The second day of early voting set a second record for turnout. The 150,000+ ballots cast Thursday were a record for the first day as well.

Historically, early voting has favored Democrats, and that was the case again on Thursday. According to the State Board of Elections, 57 percent of those who cast ballots were registered Democrats, but registration does not determine how any individual votes.

Tiamwei Xu said he was registered as a Republican but was not planning to vote a straight ticket.

Charles Wadelington was going the opposite way. "I might just do anything but I'm basically Democratic," he said.

"I register Republican, but that's just so I can vote in the primaries without a problem," said Linda Pollock. She came out early in hopes to end the campaign calls to her house.

"I'm tired of the robo-calls," she said. "I want to be able to say quit bothering me, I've already voted."

Then there were those who were certain of their choice and proud to share it.

"I'm very excited about voting for President Obama," said Ellen Shepard.

"I want to vote for president – Romney for president," countered Mark Cesare.{{embed href="as

After one day of one-stop voting, 223,177 votes had been cast in North Carolina. That includes those mailed in from military and U.S. citizens outside the state and others who chose to vote via mail. Republicans made up more than half of those who requested a mail-in ballot.

The State Board of Elections also tracks voters by gender, county and race.

The most populous counties – Wake, Mecklenburg and Guilford – saw the highest rate of voter turnout on Thursday. More than 17,000 people cast ballots in Wake County and more of them were women than men. 

While the overall turnout favored Democrats, 31 counties saw registered Republicans outnumber Democrats.

Early voting continues at 350 locations statewide through Nov. 3.

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  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 22, 2012

    I pray they are making the right choice.

  • Workingrepublican Oct 22, 2012

    Early polling serves the left and right-wing extremes. I do expect that you'll find people who did early voting lining up on election day to vote again. Happens on the Democratic side all the time.
    BubbaDukeforPresident

    I agree with you ....... I am sure the dems have there lawyers on stand-by ready to bring up the hanging chad and try to steal the whitehouse...Us Repub's will keep that from happening...Saw alot of Romney supporters at the fair yesterday....more than Baracks!!!

  • Workingrepublican Oct 22, 2012

    "I'm very excited about voting for President Obama," said Ellen Shepard.

    ARE YOU KIDDING????? EXCITED???? I WOULD NOT HAVE VOTED!!!How can you be excited about broken promises and a failing economy. How can you be excited about a President who allowed 4 americans to be killed in Lybia....How can you be excited about a President who lies about almost everything...HOW? I DON'T UNDERSTAND YOU PEOPLE.....

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Oct 22, 2012

    Early polling serves the left and right-wing extremes. I do expect that you'll find people who did early voting lining up on election day to vote again. Happens on the Democratic side all the time.

  • PanthersFan45 Oct 22, 2012

    I like to follow politics just before an election and this year is no exception. Having said that, I just can't get fired up enough to run to the polls and vote as early as possible. Regardless of how the election goes I won't be over-joyed or upset when the outcome becomes apparent on November 6th or 7th. I'll accept the decision of the majority, it doesn't make anyone uninformed or illiterate ...... whether you believe voting is a right or a privilege (or both) we all have opinions and we are entitled to them at the ballot box.

  • JoCo50 at MXR Oct 22, 2012

    Yayy...Vote Early!!!

    Thursday in Wake County, Friday in Johnston County, Saturday in Nash County......and on and on...

  • CestLaVie Oct 22, 2012

    Eager to vote? Ya' gotta be kiddin'. I just refuse to stand in any line more than 5-10 minutes.

    Hey Linda Pollock: Just quit answering your phone. If it goes to a voice message, delete the message if it's a political robo-call. We used to have the same problem. Once we changed our registration to independent, the calls slowed down. But, I finally solved ANY unwanted calls from ANYONE. We removed the land line. My!! How quiet & peaceful it is these days.

  • mikeyj Oct 22, 2012

    I ought I'd bring this up to y'all from the coast. Have some fun with this. In fact feel free to come on back down and play wiith it here. GRRRRRR8 day now ya hear!
    http://www.jdnews.com/news/local/dalton-finds-little-support-in-onslow-county-1.33899?tc=cr

  • wennd Oct 19, 2012

    I think I will wait since some votes were thrown in the dumpster in Virginia.

  • TVs_Deceit Oct 19, 2012

    Quick!! Update the story and get rid of the negative comments!!

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