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News Community Thousands take advantage of early voting

With nine days to go until early voting is over in North Carolina, voters have taken to the polls to cast their ballots by the thousands for the 2012 election. As of Wednesday morning, so far across the state, 816,015 early ballots have been received, which amounts to 418,340 registered Democrats, 246,830 registered Republicans, 150,536 unaffiliated voters, and 1,416 Libertarians who have voted to date.

When the polls opened for the first day of early voting, there was record turnout across the state. According to Macon County's Board of Election director Kim Bishop, Macon County saw 806 voters on opening day, which is up by 76 votes compared to the 2008 election. A total of 3,452 people —1,170 Democrats and 1,399 Republicans, 876 Unaffiliated, and seven Libertarians have cast their ballots in Macon County.

In Jackson County, Board of Elections Director Lisa Lovedahl said that she believes the voting numbers are in line with the number of people who came out in 2008. “We have not necessarily seen more voters this year,” said Lovedahl. “So far we are averaging the same numbers as in 2008.”

Jackson County has seen 2,889 voters, which is comprised of 1,419 Democrats, 737 Republicans, 520 Unaffiliated, and five Libertarians.

Early voting ends on Saturday, Nov. 3, and those who are waiting for Election Day to cast their ballots, can do so on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at their designated precincts.


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