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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Early voting began across North Carolina Thursday morning and will continue until November 3.
The first day numbers this
year have surpassed the first day numbers from the last presidential election.
Statewide, over 150,000 voted compared to the 116,000 who cast ballots in 2008.
Of the 150,000 votes cast, 57% came from Democrats
while 25% came from Republicans. Those numbers are down for Democrats from the
last presidential election when Democrats had 64% of the first day ballots
compared to 20% for Republicans.
In New Hanover County, almost 4,000 people voted
in person on day one, along with over a 1,000 votes that have been mailed in for over 5,000
votes cast so far. That number is up 15% from 2008 when about 4,600 people had
cast votes by the end of the first day.
Statistically, this year's New Hanover County voting
patterns are comparable to 2008 with Democrats seeing a slight increase in
percentage of vote. The biggest difference in New Hanover County from 2008 was the amount of African American voters. On the first day in 2008, 733
African Americans voted this year nearly 1,300 have voted.
There are more than 350 early voting locations around the state. Click on your county below to find the location nearest you.
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