Big turnout: N.C early voting numbers surpass 2012 election

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RALEIGH, N.C (WRAL) – About 44 percent of North Carolina voters have now cast ballots through in-person early voting or by mailing in absentee ballots, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Officials said that more than 3 million people have cast ballots in the 2016 general election, with 2.9 million voters casting ballots during the 17 days of in-person early voting.

The massive turnout during the early voting period is outpacing the 2012 results by 13.4 percent, officials said.

Early voting ended at 1 p.m. Saturday in the vast majority of the state’s counties, and officials said all people who were in line by 1 p.m. will be able to cast ballots.

“We are proud of the highest early voting turnout in the state’s history,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “Statewide, North Carolina had more early voting hours and more sites than ever before.”