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Early voting tops 500,000 in N.C.

Posted October 27, 2010 6:25 p.m. EDT

— The Nov. 2 election is six days away, but more than 541,000 people statewide have already voted, according to figures from the State Board of Elections.

Early voting started on Oct. 14 and runs through 1 p.m. Saturday.

Through Wednesday morning, about 508,000 people had cast ballots at one-stop voting sites across North Carolina. Another 31,000 people have filed absentee ballots, and about 1,600 people voted overseas, including members of the armed forces.

The early voting figures represent about 9 percent of registered voters in North Carolina.

Registered Republicans lead the early voting trend, with 10.5 percent casting ballots. About 9 percent of registered Democrats have already voted, as have 6.3 percent of independents.