Local Politics

Polling locations prepare for voters

Posted November 3, 2008 10:02 p.m. EST
Updated October 20, 2011 9:26 a.m. EDT

— Final preparations were under way for an Election Day that may bring out more than two million voters in the state, state officials said.

In Wake County there are about 175,000 more voters than in the 2004 election. To accommodate the surge in voters, the county has added 25 more polling places.

Wake County Board of Elections deputy director Gary Sims expects the county’s 198 polling places to be busy.

“I am just thinking 200,000 people tomorrow,” Sims said Monday.

Workers filled the county election office with some focusing on questions from voters and others stamping voter registrations that didn’t make it in time for this year’s deadline.

Officials said the biggest goal is maintaining the integrity of the election. They will be keeping an eye on all voting equipment and ballots until they are ready to be used.

At one Wake County precinct, 17 volunteers were helping to organize tables, signs and voting booths.

Precinct chief judge Geneva Holder said she had been “gearing up for days.”