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185,000 Turn Out For Early Voting In First Week

Posted October 21, 2004 6:16 a.m. EDT

— North Carolina is one of 30 states that allows early voting and this year it's proving very popular with voters.

In the first week, 185,000 voters took their turn at the ballot box and there is still a week and a half left.

In Wayne County, 10 percent of all voters in that county have already voted.

"There's no doubt we're already on track to have a record turnout," said Gary Sims, county elections director.

In some areas, people are lining up a half an hour before polls open.

"What we're worried about is someone showing up on Election Day and looking at a long line and turning around and not exercising their right to vote," Sims said.

But some political experts caution there are problems with early access.

"When you vote early it is possible something could happen," said political science professor Jarvis Hall. "Some information could come to your attention and you say, 'Oops, if I'd known that, I would've voted differently'."

Early voting is available in every county. Check with your local election board for sites. In Wake County more sites will be going on line this weekend. Early voting runs through Oct. 30.