Newest numbers from the State Board of Elections indicate that early voting is on track to top early voting in the Primary of 2010. This is important news because the new election reform law reduced the number of days for in-person, early voting from 17 days to 10 days starting in 2014.
As of yesterday, 124,786 people have voted early. At the same time in 2010 – 99,918 votes had been cast. Remember in 2010, the window for early, in-person voting was 7 days longer than this year, so in 2010 we had been voting for 13 days compared to six days this year.
Not only is the overall vote up from four years ago, but African Americans appear to be voting at a higher rate this time too. In 2010, the turnout among African Americans was at 20.5 percent of the total and for whites at 76.7 percent. This year the African American vote is 23.07 percent and the white vote is 74.27 percent. This is important news also, because the progressive-left claimed that reducing the number of days people could vote early, in-person was merely an attempt to suppress the African American turnout – wrong again. Could progressives whole case against election reform in North Carolina be built on nothing more than out-and-out fear mongering?
The chart below, lays out the early vote in the 2010 Primary compared to the vote this year – thus far.
To look more in-depth at this year’s turnout, go to www.ncvotetracker.com.