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Voters cast ballots early

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WILMINGTON -- If you haven't voted yet you still have until 7:30 p.m. to get to your local polling site. The polls opened at 6:30 Tuesday morning and people were ready and waiting for what many are predicting will be a record turnout. As soon as the doors opened this morning people flowed in. Most were prepared for long lines and were pleasantly surprised at how quick things went. And, for the first time in many years, casting a ballot in the North Carolina primary actually carries some weight in presidential primaries. Wilmington resident Paul Ingle said, "I think that it's interesting that it's come down to North Carolina that actually matters, because I didn't think that it would for a long time." Early voter Pamela Stewart said, "It's always important to me, I think voting is a privilege and I always vote in every single election no matter how big or small." Early voter Jay Neisen said, "I'm glad that we are finally having a chance to vote in a primary that matters." Neisen was relieved to be able to get in and out of his polling site in under 10 minutes. Then again, it didn't take much time for him to make his mind on who he was voting for. He said, "I was actually undecided about my primary choice until I walked in the door and I just kind of rolled the dice, I know that's terrible but that's what I did." Whether you made up your mind way ahead of the primary or just figured it all out many say the point is to get out and vote. New voter Aaron Wilhelm said, "I definitely want to have some kind of say in who gets to be the next president, it's the first time I've every been able to vote so I'm just going to give it a shot." "It's my duty to vote," Wilmington resident Theodore Johnson said. "I think it's everyone's responsibility to do that, and if you don't vote don't complain."

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