Voters can hit polls early in Wake County

Two people voting (AP)

September 22, 2011 11:53:14 AM PDT
Wake County residents started voting early Thursday for the October 11th elections.

"It's typical first day of early voting is slow, but we actually did have voters standing at the door this morning," Wake County Board of Elections Deputy Director Gary Sims said.

Raleigh resident Mark Smith was one of a handful of people who showed up within the first hour to cast his early vote.

"I feel it's the responsibility of every citizen to vote," he said. "We need more buses, and more handicapped buses. My wife is handicapped and in a wheelchair. And a lot of buses are not equipped to take wheelchair people."

Municipal elections and school board elections usually see lower voter turnout, but in comparison to the elections two years ago, there are already signs that there may be a higher voter turnout this year.

"We just had over 200 absentee votes by mail, but this year we've already gotten around 1,000 requests for absentee already," Sims said.

Residents have until Oct. 8 to cast their vote early for leaders in the City of Raleigh, the Town of Cary, and the Wake County Board of Education.

The early voting polling site is open in downtown Raleigh from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 337 S. Salisbury Street. Closer to Election Day there will be an additional site that will open in Cary.

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