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In-person early voting in NC exceeds 2 million

Posted November 1, 2012
Updated November 2, 2012

— 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.

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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.

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  • independent_thinker Nov 2, 7:10 p.m.

    How easy it is to forget 3.5 million job losses during the last year of Bush Cheney.

    I can't believe so many want a return to voo-doo ecomonics, wars paid on credit cards, and rewards only for the very few.

  • jcudaback Nov 2, 6:31 p.m.

    "Newsflash - the far right extremists said the same thing four years ago and today we are still here and in much better shape." -uGek010

    I don't normally comment on political things, but this one made me LOL. "much better shape"?? Really?! I have yet to meet one person that considers themselves "better off". Especially people in my age group of mid 20's.

    I graduated high school in '05, went to NC State for a couple years, and by the time I got married 12/31/07, I was working one full time job and a part time job making $8.50/hr and $9/hr respectively. My hubby got stationed at Bragg in Aug 08, so I had to leave those jobs. Struggled finding work so I opted to finish my degree. 2 1/2 years after graduating, I am still working part-time, and just got my 1-year raise to a whopping $7.75/hr. Please tell me how we're better off; because it's not for a lack of trying on my part.

  • dev8me Nov 2, 6:18 p.m.

    Hey yall who still have to vote: please support Waketech bond and vote YES. There is no tax increase, there is no money coming out of state budget, there is no oppositon from either party or organized movement against.
    The Wake Technical College is surely in need of money for campus improvement, police force improvement and anything else.
    So, show your support and say "YES".
    Thank you.

  • piene2 Nov 2, 4:55 p.m.

    "It almost feels is if we have carried at least half of them.
    piene2"

    Do you transport all eligible voters, or just democrats?
    artist"

    What do you think?

  • piene2 Nov 2, 4:54 p.m.

    "Sounds like people are voting for President Obama. That is a good thing. The more the merrier. charmcclainlovesdogs2

    LOl... well the 32 people i helped get to the polls to vote for rmoney has cancelled you out. thank goodness. my neighbors got statement from company she retired from last week saying her health insurance premiums will be going up 210 dollars more a month.romney 2012
    ladyblue"

    Obviously all the figures are not in yet but so far, just roughly speaking we have brought some seventeen hundred people to the polls in Cumberland and Hoke counties. A am pleased to see that Cumberland County has extended voting tomorrow by two hours. We are hoping for five or six more vans next Tuesday.

  • piene2 Nov 2, 4:48 p.m.

    "It almost feels is if we have carried at least half of them. Even with all our planning we ran short of vehicles and drivers several times. After President Obama is (hopefully) reelected on Tuesday We are heading to San Antonio for some rest and relaxation. piene2"

    You're to be commended for your involvement. Let's hope it works out properly. President Obama has made a fine start and we desperately need him to finish the job. Do you go to San Antonio for the river walk? I've never been there but hear it's really nice.
    Click to view my profile fayncmike"

    The river walk is a real treat but San Antonio in general is a beautiful city with a lot to see and do. I heartily recommend that you visit there.

  • uGek010 Nov 2, 4:10 p.m.

    "...well the 32 people i helped get to the polls to vote for rmoney..." - ladyblue -

    Interesting positioning of characters there - "RMONEY" - lol...so

    If all you care is about money vote for romney I mean RMONEY.

    If you care about the nation as a whole vote for ObamaCare.

    ...;)...

  • uGek010 Nov 2, 4:04 p.m.

    "People that vote for obama must want to see this Country destroyed!" - DaddysAngel27

    Newsflash - the far right extremists said the same thing four years ago and today we are still here and in much better shape.

  • artist Nov 2, 3:50 p.m.

    "In the USA you should go see a doctor if you vote for Romney :)"

    Well... if you vote for Obama... you won't be able to go see a doctor.

  • artist Nov 2, 3:48 p.m.

    It almost feels is if we have carried at least half of them. Even with all our planning we ran short of vehicles and drivers several times. After President Obama is (hopefully) reelected on Tuesday We are heading to San Antonio for some rest and relaxation. piene2"

    Do you transport all eligible voters, or just democrats?

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