Early voters to cast ballots at malls

October 14, 2008 4:57:23 PM PDT
Voters in Wake County can shop for bargains and their favorite political candidate starting this Thursday. For the first time, election officials have set up early voting sites at the Cary Towne Center and the Triangle Town Center in Raleigh.

"We learned a lot in the May primary," said Cherie Poucher with the Wake County Board of Elections, " We're going to be staffing them as much as we can. We've got some high volume sites that are very large so we can accommodate a lot of voters and a lot of officials to help those voters through the process."

Election leaders are encouraging voters to avoid long lines on Election Day by participating in early voting from Thursday to Saturday. With a record number of new voters, people may be forced to stand in line at early polling sites as well.

"We think we've got it as efficient as we possibly can," said Poucher, "[If ] hundreds of people show up at one time, there will be a wait."

Early voting is similar to Election Day. But, registration is verified by a computer instead of a bulky book of names and address. Also, people who missed the October 10 deadline to register can still cast a ballot. They must bring identification to the early voting site, said Poucher.


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