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Early voting sets record in Wake County

Posted October 10, 2011
Updated October 11, 2011

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— Wake County elections officials say this year's early voting turnout has already set a record for a municipal election. And they're not done counting yet, either.

If early voting is any indication, the polls could be crowded for Tuesday's mayoral, City Council and school board elections.

Cherie Poucher, director of the Wake County Board of Elections, said Monday that the early-voting turnout this year has been more than triple the early turnout in 2009.  "We're very pleased," she said.

At the Wake County Board of Elections site, 3,566 people voted early. That's compared to 1,150 in 2009.

At the Cary early voting site, 2,219 cast their ballots early. In 2009, only 956 voters did.

But the biggest surge was in mail-in absentee ballots. In 2009, only 246 people voted by mail. This year, as of Saturday, 1,453 people had mailed in their ballots, and more are expected to arrive by Tuesday.

Overall, Poucher says, as of Saturday, the number of early ballots counted was 7,238. That's more than triple the 2009 total of 2,352.

Poucher thinks the increased interest is due to the five high-profile school board races, which have had a lot of media coverage, and the open mayor's seat as well.

She said she was expecting higher turnout this year, but not quite this high.

"I'm thrilled with those numbers," she said. "Our hope is we are going to have high turnout Tuesday, and we're ready for them."

About 150 precincts will be open in Wake County starting at 6:30 tomorrow morning.

Two things to remember:

If you're a voter outside Raleigh, you may not have a ballot tomorrow if your school board seat is not up for election.

You may be in a different school board district now than you were in 2009. Some of the district lines were changed earlier this year to reflect the 2010 census, but affected voters were not alerted to those changes.

If you want to check your registration, district, or polling place, click here to go to the NC Board of Elections website. 

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  • panthers254 Oct 11, 2011

    when you win, you win. when you lose, you litigate. typical.

  • Big Daddy Cain Oct 11, 2011

    Sounds like from many of these comments we should return to the days when only rich white men could vote. The demographics of NC (esp the Triangle and Metrolina) are changing dramatically, I suppose it's tough to face that.

  • aaabbbccc Oct 11, 2011

    "Graduation rates are at their highest, no teachers were fired, kids don't have to ride the bus all day all over creation. Yeah sounds like you should be voting democrat due to a lack of common sense that usually goes along with that practice."
    Teachers also weren't hired...no one ever rode the bus ALL day, and suspiciously, the people riding the bus for extended periods of time were rarely the ones complaining... and the lack of common sense...both sides lack most of the time so get off that high horse. Graduation rates are A.) an easy to manipulate statistic, and B.) still not that amazing, so why brag?

  • ifcdirector Oct 10, 2011

    "After seeing what they have done and tried to do- especially with voting rules, I will not be making that mistake again."

    Graduation rates are at their highest, no teachers were fired, kids don't have to ride the bus all day all over creation. Yeah sounds like you should be voting democrat due to a lack of common sense that usually goes along with that practice.

  • vraptor Oct 10, 2011

    Hey dead people have the right to vote.

    And some people have the right to vote three times. Absentee voting. Early voting. Election day voting.

    Plus the magic ballots that show up in car trunks.

  • Run4orest Oct 10, 2011

    I generally vote Democratic, but crossed over to vote for some Republicans last year. After seeing what they have done and tried to do- especially with voting rules, I will not be making that mistake again. If a Democrat is a !$#!?! turnip, I will vote for him over these reactionary elitists!

  • Nancy Oct 10, 2011

    Should take a long, long time to verify the mail in absentee ballots against physical votes to make sure there are no duplicates.

    Wonder how long they predict before certified results?

  • Plenty Coups Oct 10, 2011

    "Have you ever stopped to consider that?! cmboyce5"

    "When they lose its always because of a massive conspiracy."

    It's like the whiners who complain after every sports game and try to blame it on the officiating.

  • Quagmire Oct 10, 2011

    Looks like some folks are already accepting defeat. Wednesday morning will be fun on WRAL.

  • flashsparks Oct 10, 2011

    "I predict that some heads will explode tomorrow."

    Yeah, just like the Libs went ballistic when Republicans took control; but only much more civil and mature.

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