NC Vote Tracker is up and running for the November 8, 2016 General Election. NC Vote Tracker is the user-friendly database at the Civitas Institute’s Carolina Transparency website that helps pundits, political junkies and ordinary people better understand early voting numbers. 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, www.ncvotetracker.com allows us to break down the early voting data by party, age, gender, race, congressional and state House and Senate districts.
NC Vote Tracker went through a substantial upgrade prior to the June 2016 primary and for this election we’ve added a new category that will help us know who is voting where during one-stop early voting. “Site Name” provides a look at the number of people voting at individual early voting sites.
The first numbers we will be seeing in Vote Tracker are coming from absentee by-mail ballots The first ballot for the General Election was returned to a local board of elections office on August 26 and since then 4,419 people have cast ballots that have been “ACCEPTED” by the local boards of elections.
While you can see all this at www.ncvotetracker.com here are few interesting stats from the early voting numbers, 49 days ahead of Election Day.
Of the 4,419 votes cast so far, Democrats who now make up just 39.8 percent of North Carolina’s electorate, have submitted 1,822 (41.2 percent) of the 4,419 accepted ballots. Republicans have cast 1,512 (34.2 percent) ballots; they make up 30.2 percent of registered voters and unaffiliated voters, who make up 29.5 percent of all registered voters in North Carolina, have cast 1,073 ballots (24.3 percent). Twelve Libertarians have voted thus far.
NC Vote Tracker does not show the problems that occur during early voting. But, there are always problems, from ballots being returned undeliverable to signatures missing. Here is a list of problems the elections boards are seeing so far this election.
|54842||TOTAL BALLOTS REQUESTED|
|28||VOTER SIGNATURE MISSING|
|74||WITNESS INFO INCOMPLETE|
The interactive NC Vote Tracker (the only one of its kind in North Carolina) was introduced during the November 2010 one-stop period and has been widely used in elections since then. NC Vote Tracker is updated daily during the in-person, early voting period to allow citizens to view early voting statistics. It helps citizens search for voting numbers in categories such as counties, precincts and legislative districts. The results also include voting trends and turnout broken down by party, race, age, and major election jurisdictions. The NC Vote Tracker also includes charts and graphs for visual comparisons.