This just out from Bob Hall at DemocracyNC:
NEWS ALERT: EARLY VOTING HITS RECORD WITH NEARLY 500,000 BALLOTS CAST
Here are some highlights from the election watchdog group Democracy North Carolina based on the data posted this afternoon on the FTP site of the State Board of Elections:
See Democracy North Carolina’s spreadsheet with a breakdown of the data at:
** One-Stop Early Voting ended Saturday afternoon with a record turnout of North Carolina voters — 490,540 ballots were accepted by the end of the day or about 4% more than the 473,800 cast in the 2008 primary.
** This number only includes ballots accepted at the Early Voting sites — technically called “in-person absentee ballots.” An additional 16,600 absentee ballots had been received by Saturday through the mail, etc., bringing the total early votes cast to over 500,000 thus far. More mail-in absentee ballots are expected.
** Democrats and Republicans essentially matched each other in overall turnout rates — 8.2% of registered Democrats and 8.3% of registered Republicans used One-Stop Early Voting to participate in the 2012 primary.
** 8.6% of white registered voters and 5.6% of black registered voters used One-Stop Early Voting; women outperformed men, with a 8.0% versus 7.6% turnout rate.
** The top 10 counties for turnout of their registered voters are Alleghany, Transylvania, Mitchell, Chatham, Bladen, Orange, Alexander, Watauga, Durham and Caldwell, with turnout rates reaching 17% of registered voters.
** The 7 counties with the highest number of ballots cast during One-Stop Early Voting provided about 36% of the total cast; they are in order: Wake, Mecklenburg, Durham, Guilford, Buncombe, Orange, and Forsyth. All are strong Democratic counties — but several had turnout rates below the 7.8% state average.
** The 9 counties with the biggest percent increase in number of One-Stop Early Voting ballots cast this year over the 2008 primary are: Mitchell, Alexander, Stokes, Davie, Gaston, Randolph, Caldwell, Burke, and Ashe. All are strong Republican counties.
** Of the 100,000 Unaffiliated voters who cast a ballot during One-Stop Early Voting, 45% chose to cast a ballot in the Republican primary, 35% cast a Democratic ballot, and 20% cast Unaffiliated ballots.