Raleigh, N.C. — More North Carolinians voted early in the May 6 primary than in the 2010 primary, the State Board of Elections said Thursday as all results from the primary were certified.
More than 1 million votes were cast in the primary, up from 880,000 four years ago, according to the elections board. More than a quarter of the 2014 votes were cast before May 6, up from about 20 percent in 2010.
The higher early voting totals came despite a shorter period. As part of a law passed last year changing North Carolina's elections system, early voting was cut from 17 to 10 days.
Average votes-per-hour at early voting locations increased 34 percent over 2010, elections board officials said.
“Primaries play an increasingly decisive role in our democratic process, and we are encouraged to see greater participation,” elections board Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach said in a statement.
Second primaries will be held July 15 to decide 19 contests in 37 counties. Early voting for those races starts July 3.