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Early voting ends with record ballots cast for Charlotte mayor and council primaries

dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

A record number of votes were cast for a municipal election during early voting that ended Saturday in advance of Tuesday’s city primaries for mayor and city council, Mecklenburg County elections director Michael Dickerson said.

The 9,407 early voting ballots cast since Sept. 3 eclipsed the 6,524 cast two years ago for city primaries, Dickerson said.

Even the 2013 numbers far outpaced early voting in previous city elections.

Early voting in Charlotte began in 10 years ago, when 2,300 people voted in primaries. In 2007, 1,700 ballots were cast early and two years later, at the height of the recession when there were fewer polling places, only 677 people cast votes.

In 2011, 1,433 voters cast ballots early.

“I am pleased with the early voting turnout,” Dickerson said. “I attribute it to the high-profile mayor and city council at-large races.”

David Perlmutt

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