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In-person early voting in NC exceeds 2 million

Posted November 1, 2012 5:31 p.m. EDT
Updated November 2, 2012 6:30 a.m. EDT

— The number of ballots cast so far in North Carolina's early-voting period topped 2 million on Thursday, according to the state Board of Elections.

At a 9 p.m. count, 34 percent of registered voters, or 2,087,461 people, had voted in person. Another 165,847 votes were cast by absentee ballot.

Early-voting numbers have far outpaced the same numbers from 2008. Four years ago, more than 2.4 million people voted early in person and 2.6 million when all non-Election Day voting was counted – both records.

In-person early voting ends Saturday afternoon.

Several counties have extended early-voting hours in the final days of the election season.

Durham County is extending polling hours by two hours on Saturday. Wake and Cumberland counties have also added hours.

Mail-in absentee ballots must be turned in to local elections boards by Monday or postmarked by Tuesday.

Election Day is Nov. 6.