Millions of NC voters get more chances than ever to vote early

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People voting at poll (Photo: Ed Clemente / MGN)

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Much like absentee voting in this election, early voting will also make history in North Carolina.

“So many hours, so many opportunities,” Gary Sims, Wake County elections director, said. “We feel like we’re going overboard and we’re doing that on purpose.”

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Seventeen straight days of early voting begins Thursday, October 15, across North Carolina, with uniform hours–including on weekends–the law of the land across all 100 counties.

In the Tar Heel State’s eight largest counties–home to about half the state’s population–there are an extra 7,000 hours of early voting this year compared to previous election years:

  • Wake County will have 550 more hours for early voting.
  • Durham County will have 1,038 more hours and 1 additional site.
  • Cumberland County will have 944 more hours and 1 additional site.
  • Mecklenburg County will have 1508 more hours and 10 additional sites.
  • Guilford County will have 1,288 more hours for early voting.
  • Forsyth County will have 944 more hours for early voting.
  • Buncombe County will have 436 more hours and 5 additional sites.

Read more here.