Starting this week, North Carolina voters get their say.
Election Day is Nov. 4, but early voting begins across the state Thursday. Registered voters – and even eligible residents who still haven't registered – will have more than two weeks to cast ballots during the early voting period. Early voting ends Nov. 1.
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Elections officials are prepared for record turnout and are encouraging voters to vote early or mail in an absentee ballot to avoid long lines Nov. 4. But voting early may not be a quick experience.
“If everybody shows up at one time, there are going to be lines,” said Johnnie McLean, a deputy director of the State Board of Elections. “We try very hard to keep the lines to a minimum, but it's going to be very difficult for this election with the interest that people have.”