The Push to Vote Early Shows No Sign of Slowing

The Push to Vote Early Shows No Sign of Slowing

With just seven days until Nov. 3, almost 3.4 million votes have been cast through absentee (by mail) voting or in-person early voting in this election by North Carolinians. On Monday, the state exceeded all of 2016’s absentee ballots.

The early voting period lasts until Oct. 31st in North Carolina, you can find your nearest polling location at

  • According to NC Board of Elections data, Chatham (with 60% voter turnout so far), with Durham, Orange and Buncombe are the leading counties when it comes to voter turnout.
  • North Carolina is among the key states leading the country in voter turnout among young people, with 204,986 people ages 18 to 29 cast their early ballots as of Oct. 21. In 2016, 25,150 young voters had cast ballots at the same point in the election.

  • More than 60.9 million voters have cast ballots as of Monday — seven days before Election Day, according to the U.S. Elections Project. That’s about 44% of all ballots cast in 2016.

If you have yet to register to vote, eligible individuals can register and vote on the same day if you missed the Oct. 9 voter registration deadline. Make sure you show up with either a photo ID OR a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck with your name and current address on it.

If you forget to early vote by Oct. 31, you can go vote in-person on Election Day, Nov. 3, at your precinct. The same safety precautions against COVID-19 will be in place. You can look up your Election Day polling place here:

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Alanna Joyner

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