Pender County voters who went to the polls early Tuesday were wondering if the low turnout was the calm before the storm, or if the storm had already passed. If not for all the campaign signs, voters heading to the polls early on Election Day in Pender County might not have mistaken their polling locations for a ghost town. With more than 50% of voters participating in early voting in Pender County, and few lines at the polls on Election Day, voters say they are happy to get in, cast their vote, and be on their way. James Faison was an election volunteer in Pender County. He said, “It has been kind of light, and I think the reason for that might be because of the early voting.” According to the Pender County Board of Elections, a record number of registered voters participated in early voting. There are some voters say there is no way they would vote on any day but Election Day. “It is tradition. I like to vote on the regular voting day, and see the people, and enjoy it,” said Ethel Moore. But voters say the large number of early turnout helped them move through the polls on Election Day. “Very, very quick and easy. Came in and got it done in 10 minutes,” said another local voter. The Board of Elections expects another 20-30% to vote on Election Day. If they are right, this years turnout could break the record of just over 60%. Pender County Board of Elections said the Election Day turnout was light, but consistent. They expected people to continue filing in after work. The polls close at 7:30 p.m.
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