Early voting sees large turnout

WILMINGTON -- All of the signs point to a big turnout for tomorrow's primary here in North Carolina. UNCW junior Patrick Williams voted early. He's one of about 10,000 New Hanover County voters who has already cast his ballot before primary day. Compare that with the 2004 turnout when the total of all voters was around 18,000 -- this year could set new records. New Hanover County Elections Director Bonnie Williams said, "In my experience this is the heaviest turnout that the state of North Carolina has ever experienced for a primary." Bonnie Williams is the director of the New Hanover County Board of Elections she says the media attention and the tight Democratic presidential race has piqued voter interest. Early voter Jacquelyn Harris said, "I come out every year to vote and I'm just really excited about this year because I really want Obama in the White House." Early voter Keithon Harris said, "I'm looking for a change. I'm looking for something to happen different. And I need a candidate that's going to be for us, for the working class." And with such large crowds already, Williams says it may be wise to get your vote in before Election Day. The state Board of Elections says that by the time early voting ended Saturday more than 488,000 North Carolinians voted early or mailed in an absentee ballot. To find your polling location visit http://www.sboe.state.nc.us/content.aspx?id=17.

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