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Officials to push early voting before November

Posted May 7, 2008 12:42 p.m. EDT
Updated May 7, 2008 1:15 p.m. EDT

— After seeing record turnout for Tuesday's primary, state elections officials said they plan to place more emphasis on early voting before the November general election.

More than 2.1 million people cast a ballot in Tuesday's election. Overall turnout will be about 38 percent, officials said, which is almost double the rate for a normal primary.

State Board of Elections officials said they expect turnout to be even greater in November, so they are planning a major marketing campaign this fall, including radio and television ads, to encourage early voting.

Wake County elections officials also said they hope to more than double the number of early voting sites. There were nine for the primary, and there could be as many as 22 for the general election.