As I looked through the absentee voting data this morning I was surprised to find that 11 counties have not reporting absentee by-mail votes yet. (See chart below) Most of the 11 missing counties are very small, but Durham, Johnston and Rowan were also in the list. These three counties reported that they had not “scanned” any of their returned ballots yet – Durham said they had “hundreds”.
Wake is also a surprise, in that they don’t even make it into the top 10 counties reporting number of ballots returned. In fact they are the 23rd county on the list with just 169 votes cast. Wake’s excuse – they were one of the last counties to begin to mail ballots to voters this year and they are just now getting some of the ballots returned from the voters.
The top ten counties in terms of people voting so far are: Mecklenburg (985), Forsyth (806), Guilford (801), Buncombe (404), Cumberland (347), Pitt (301), Gaston (283), Iredell (282), Moore (280), and Cabarrus (265).
As of Thursday, September 27 (keeping in mind more than 1 in 10 counties are not reporting their returned ballots), 87,072 voters have requested absentee ballots and 10,596 ballots have been returned and accepted by the county boards. Republicans have returned 5,315 ballots, Democrats – 3,273, unaffiliated voters have cast 1,987 votes and Libertarians 21.
But of course all you have to do is click here to go to NC Vote Tracker and get much more information on early voting.