Local Politics

N.C. early voting surpasses 1.6 million ballots

Posted October 29, 2008
Updated October 30, 2008

— More than 1.6 million people have cast a ballot in North Carolina's early voting. Early voting started Oct. 16 and goes through 1 p.m. Saturday, and more people have cast an early opinion in this election than at any time in the state's history.

Data that the State Board of Elections released Wednesday shows 1,690,195 people have voted at early sites. In 2004, the state counted some 984,000 ballots during the full early period.

Another 157,000 voters have cast an absentee ballots, including 5,848 in the military and 2,817 people overseas.

Elections leaders are encouraging people to take advantage of one-stop sites, fearing that Election Day lines could be long. Since Wake County opened 15 early voting sites, 155,755 people have cast votes there.

"I definitely know that I'm talking about it more with my friends than I did in the last election,” voter Kimberly Kirkchun said.

"It means a lot. I mean, it's history," said Kenneth Bryant, who voted Wednesday for the first time.

Historically, young, first-time voters make up a small percentage in Wake County.

"I think it will be high this time because we had such an increase in young voters,” said Cherie Poucher, director of Wake County's Board of Elections.

Poucher says it is too early to know for sure how big the count will be, but she is certain it will be higher than normal.

"There have been some very good grassroots-level organizations going out and registering people, and getting them into the process," she said. "Anything that is going to get them enthusiastically involved is very good for the entire democratic process."

"Come out and vote, even if it's not for Obama. Just vote,” said voter Brittany Morales.

In Johnston County, 22,818 people have cast an early ballot, officials said. Durham County has counted 64,908 early ballots since Oct. 16.


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  • cary2006 Oct 30, 2008

    now - I think it is deceitful and cowardly of you to hide behind troops to support your argument. You know I am criticizing the policy - THE LIE - that took us into a unnecessary war not the performance of the ground troops.

  • smiley1637 Oct 30, 2008

    ncguy71.....sounds like a good plan you have for tomorrow. lets hope more and more people plan to do the same.

  • now Oct 30, 2008

    cary2006, you are slowly losing creditability. It is our troops that are out there doing the job. When you and the Liberal hate machine say things like that, you are not slamming the President as you think you are. You are slamming the efforts of our men and women in harms way. It is a shameful practice the Democrats have been doing for 7 years. Nancy Pelosi said when they regain control of Congress she was going to get Bin Laden and the Liberals lapped it up. If Bin Laden is not dead, I have all the faith in the world our troops will find him not some politician in Washington.

  • agentm Oct 30, 2008

    i just dont get why people woudl want the same again and most of the peopole that vote for mccain are not rich ...lol funny to mean you would think people would ge tired ..

  • cary2006 Oct 30, 2008

    My vote will be strictly on who I can trust with national security and the Democrats along with the comrade Obama has proven they cannot and should not EVER be trusted with national security.

    I guess you fit the typical GOP target voter description - scared, prone to bouts of panic and extreme sense of self-righteous.

    Its been 7 years since 9-11 and George Bush has not caught bin laden nor has he accomplished the mission in Afghanistan. Instead he launches a new war by LYING to the people and get 4100 of our soldiers killed and thousands physically disabled. And don't even talk about our economic security. And you claim Dems are weak on national security? All GOPes like do is blame others. GOP has never accomplished anything on their own. The most incompetent bunch of people ever.

  • 2 Oct 30, 2008

    now, you vote strictly on national security? Really... nuff said.

  • cary2006 Oct 30, 2008

    I can't let that pass. What is your source that the GOP does not want people to vote. Maybe they don't want dead people, illegals or felons to vote.

    the comment about felons voting is really funny considering that a convicted GOP felon and senator is still planning to run elections and not just vote.

    Anybody who is allowed to vote per constitution should be allowed even if they are felons. you cannot deny them their constitutional right if even they are felons. that's the greatness of this country. Don't undermine it.

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  • godukebasketball Oct 30, 2008

    2 - The way the article reads, it appears that 3.5 million people have voted... "Data that the State Board of Elections released Wednesday shows 1,690,195 people have voted at early sites. Another 1,847,564 voters have cast an absentee ballots."

    There are 6.2 registered voters in NC.

    Of course, I have a hard time believe 1.8 million voted absentee ballot...so I assume that it means 1.8 million total voted early/absentee, which would equal just under 30% as you stated.

  • now Oct 30, 2008

    "I will not vote for a Democrat whatsoever.....even if they are the only one running for a particular office."

    Forget all of the question associations in Obama’s past and his obvious incompetence, I won't vote for someone for President that can't even get a FBI security clearance.

  • WRALblows Oct 30, 2008

    "I will not vote for a Democrat whatsoever.....even if they are the only one running for a particular office."

    Because you're obviously non-partisan and unbiased.