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Officials to push early voting before November

Posted May 7, 2008

— After seeing record turnout for Tuesday's primary, state elections officials said they plan to place more emphasis on early voting before the November general election.

More than 2.1 million people cast a ballot in Tuesday's election. Overall turnout will be about 38 percent, officials said, which is almost double the rate for a normal primary.

State Board of Elections officials said they expect turnout to be even greater in November, so they are planning a major marketing campaign this fall, including radio and television ads, to encourage early voting.

Wake County elections officials also said they hope to more than double the number of early voting sites. There were nine for the primary, and there could be as many as 22 for the general election.


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  • busyb97 May 7, 2008

    The last Presidential election, we were able to do early voting. It was great. I was able to vote when I had a babysitter to watch the kids- so I didn't have to fight the crowds with them in tow. I think early voting gives more people a chance to vote that otherwise can't because of jobs (or being stuck in traffic) or whatever.

  • whocares May 7, 2008

    Early voting is the greatest thing sinced sliced bread. I had moved and went to the location for early voting and found that my registration had been taken care of and it only took 5 minutes to vote. I hope that this is something that occurs again.

  • JustAName May 7, 2008

    It has never taken me more than 10 minutes to vote, so I won't worry about early voting. However, it would be good to have more people actually vote.

  • garnertoy May 7, 2008

    i love early voteing

  • RealityAddict May 7, 2008

    My husband and I made a date out of it. We filled our coffee mugs and drove over to the polling location. Kids were selling KK doughnuts, of course we bought a box. Waited in line for about 20-25 mins. Almost an hour of pure conversation without interruption. We will vote early anytime we can.

  • tooblessed May 7, 2008

    Early voting is the way to go especially if you have doubt about being registered ot in the right preceint.

  • tooblessed May 7, 2008

    Early voting is the way to go especially if you are unsure about being registered or questions about being the the right precient. Its best to get all that taken care of in early voting.