A record number of Mecklenburg County voters cast early primary ballots by the time voting closed Saturday.
A total of 55,285 people voted, exceeding estimates by elections officials.
“I was thinking maybe 35,000 to 40,000,” said elections director Michael Dickerson.
“It show two things. Maybe moving it up gave us more play in the presidential primaries. And it also shows me that people like voting early,” Dickerson said.
The number shot past the turnout in 2008, the last time there was a competitive presidential primary that mattered. That year 42,800 people voted early.
This is the first time North Carolina has held a March primary since 1976.
Election Day is Tuesday.
There were a total of 17 early voting sites scattered across Mecklenburg County.