RALEIGH – NC Vote Tracker is back!
The State Board of Elections website has a treasure trove of election information – if you can find it in a useable form. The Civitas Institute’s NC Vote Tracker at the Carolina Transparency website (www.carolinatransparency.com/votetracker/) packages that data in a much clearer and more user-friendly format. NC Vote Tracker is a boon to political operatives, media experts, or citizens who just want a sneak peek at what’s happening in the election.
The data comes straight from the State Board of Elections (SBOE) website, where it is refreshed each morning with the previous day’s early voting activity. First introduced in 2010, NC Vote Tracker allows us to break down the early voting data by party, age, gender, race, congressional and state House and Senate districts. Do you want to know how many people have voted in Mecklenburg County? Which state Senate District has received the most ballots so far? Or how many women have voted? All this and more is available on NC Vote Tracker. (And Carolina Transparency also has voter registration updates.)
In 2008 more than half of the votes in North Carolina were cast early. The first numbers we will be seeing from NC Vote Tracker are from absentee by-mail ballots. The biggest jump in numbers will come the day after One-Stop voting, which begins on Thursday, Oct. 18. So, instead of waiting until after the election to find out who voted, we can get a head start by utilizing NC Vote Tracker to learn about North Carolinians who choose to vote early by mail or in-person at an early voting site.
More information on the Civitas Institute is available at www.nccivitas.org, or contact Civitas Election Analyst Susan Myrick or Communications Director Jim Tynen at (919) 834-2099.