Wake Board of Elections breaking voting records

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
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The good news? Heavy early voting may mean shorter lines on Tuesday.

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Absentee ballots were still pouring in to the Wake County Board of Elections by the cart-full Monday afternoon.

Board members reviewed more than 7,000 mail-in votes ahead of Election Day.

"We broke every record we've ever had," said Wake County BOE Dir. Gary Sims.

More than 43 percent of Wake Co. voters cast their ballots early this year. Sims said that could translate into shorter wait times at the polls on Tuesday.


"I would say you could expect some lines at some of our larger polling places, but with so much attention put on early voting, that really did help tomorrow, and it's going to relieve a lot of that pressure," he said.

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sims said the best times to vote in order to avoid lines are around 10 a.m. or 2-3 p.m.

202 precincts will be open, including sites at 63 Wake County schools.

The district will operate on a 2-hour delay Tuesday to avoid the heaviest traffic during the morning rush.

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"We always try to make sure if there is access that it's not a major throughway to the schools. We do look at all of those because equally we are concerned about the safety of the children," said Sims.

More than 2,400 poll workers are scheduled to work Tuesday.

26 coordinators will be on standby to troubleshoot any problems.

"There's never a guarantee that you're not going to have a problem. Our coordinators travel with full supplies in their car. Their trunks are full in case there's an emergency. They're able to go to any of their assigned precincts, help adjust lines, assist with the officials working there," said Sims.

Officials with the Department of Justice will also monitor some of the county's polling locations.

Sims said anyone who sees a voting issue should report it.

"If you see something that's suspicious or maybe a possible violation or maybe you simply don't understand certain things, speak with a precinct official. They'll let you know what can or cannot happen," he said.

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