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Lines grow as early voting draws to close

Posted November 2, 2012

— Lines swelled Friday outside early voting sites around the Triangle as time to cast a ballot before next Tuesday's election dwindled.

As of Friday afternoon, almost 2.39 million votes had been cast statewide, with 93 percent of those as in-person ballots at early voting sites. The total represents more than a third of registered voters in North Carolina and is approaching the 2.64 million early votes cast in 2008.

Voters offered a variety of reasons for choosing to vote early, from other appointments next Tuesday to the potential for bad weather on Election Day.

"We were wondering how long the lines were going to be on Election Day. We figured we both had today off, so we gave it a shot," said Jack Leclair, who voted in Cary on Friday.

Statewide, registered Democrats are still leading among early voters, with more than 1 million ballots cast as of late Thursday. About 720,000 registered Republicans have already voted, as have 450,000 independents.

Early voting ends Saturday, with a number of polling places open until 5 p.m.

Officials advised people who registered with third parties to check with the State Board of Elections website to see if the registration is listed there. If not, they have to register and vote at a one-stop center on Saturday. On Election Day, only people who registered by Oct. 11 will be allowed to vote.

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  • hardycitrus Nov 2, 7:57 p.m.

    War is Peace
    Slavery is Freedom
    Ignorance is Strength
    Romney/Ryan!

  • Coretta Scott Thing Nov 2, 7:44 p.m.

    Vote early vote often, all you need is a name and address,, No ID required oleguy

    Funny how the right wing screams about " voter fraud" when the only cases verified are actually where the right wing voters did it!

  • oleguy Nov 2, 7:21 p.m.

    Vote early vote often, all you need is a name and address,,
    No ID required

  • PanthersFan45 Nov 2, 6:31 p.m.

    I haven't voted yet, I just haven't had enough time because I have been too busy on the weekends (plus OT at work M-F) ...... I NEED a weekday after work and for a precinct to be close by. I'll take my chances on election day. My polling place usually does a very good job of getting people in and out. I am sure they will be up to the task again. Right now it looks like both parties will be getting some votes from me (A UNA Voter) ... I won't disclose who I plan to vote for when it comes to president, that's a secret for now.