RALEIGH, N.C. — The number of ballots cast so far in North Carolina's early-voting period topped 2 million on Thursday, according to the state Board of Elections.
At a 9 p.m. count, 34 percent of registered voters, or 2,087,461 people, had voted in person. Another 165,847 votes were cast by absentee ballot.
Early-voting numbers have far outpaced the same numbers from 2008. Four years ago, more than 2.4 million people voted early in person and 2.6 million when all non-Election Day voting was counted – both records.
In-person early voting ends Saturday afternoon.
Several counties have extended early-voting hours in the final days of the election season.
Durham County is extending polling hours by two hours on Saturday. Wake and Cumberland counties have also added hours.
Mail-in absentee ballots must be turned in to local elections boards by Monday or postmarked by Tuesday.
Election Day is Nov. 6.