Turnout way up during first 3 days of early voting
From staff reports
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Early voting is already way up for next month’s mid-term election, with election offices in two area counties already reporting more voters in three days than cast ballots during the entire early voting period prior to election day for the May 8 primary.
Total votes cast for the Nov. 6 election in the five-county region as of Friday afternoon was 4,638. That’s only about a thousand fewer than the number who voted early in the primary election — and there are still 11 more days of voting left.
Pasquotank County continued to provide the lion share of the early votes. With another 647 voters casting ballots on Friday, the three-day total of one-stop voting in Pasquotank was 1,983. That’s only about 700 fewer than the number of those who voted early in the primary.
But early voting in other counties was also up — way up.
In Perquimans, the three-day total for early voting was 712. According to Director of Elections Holly Hunter, that’s almost double the number of voters — 416 — who voted early in the primary.
“The voting for this election has been very steady, unlike the primary,” she said in an email. “I feel that this election is going to have a huge turnout.”
Likewise, Chowan County Director of Elections Terry Meyers said voting during the first three days of one-stop voting had already exceeded the early voting total for the primary, when 631 votes were cast.
Seven hundred and four Chowan voters have cast early ballots thus far. That’s nearly six times as many voters — 121 — who cast ballots during the first three days of the primary.
In Currituck, the three-day total for early voting was 700. That’s almost triple the number — 255 — who voted early during the first three days of the primary. A total of 955 Currituck voters cast early ballots in the primary.
In Camden, the three-day total for early voting was 539. That’s nearly twice the number — 283 — who voted early during the first three days of the primary. A total of 917 Camden voters cast early ballots for the primary.