Record numbers of voters cast early ballots

May 4, 2008 10:05:35 AM PDT
North Carolina voters turned out in record numbers for early voting.

Election officials reported long lines at nearly every polling station across the Triangle Saturday.

There were long lines at all nine polling places up until the very last minute.

If you weren't in line by 1 p.m., you were out of luck until Tuesday's primary.

Durham voters made a made dash to the polls.

"I waited about two hours and 20 minutes," voter Jacob Guild said.

Another voter, Jennie Lee, said she waited two hours.

More than 1,000 people voted at one Durham location Saturday.

"Democracy had a fabulous two weeks," said Mike Ashe, director of Durham County Board of Elections. "We've had more people vote in Durham, we broke every record, ever."

According to Ashe, 20,231 voters cast ballots during the early voting period.

At the Wake County Board of Elections, the story was the same.

At 10 a.m. the line was already wrapped around the building on Salisbury Street. And the long lines were easily forgiven. "It's worth the wait," one voter said.

As of Friday, almost 350,000 people cast ballots at one-stop voting polls statewide.

If you missed your shot to vote early, your next chance is Tuesday. Be aware you must already be registered, and you must vote at your assigned precinct.

Clickhere to check the Polling Place Directory.


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