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Early voting in NC on track to break records

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RALEIGH -- Early voting is in full swing in North Carolina.

The state Board of Elections office said more people are voting early this cycle than they did in 2008, which is keeping workers busy and there have been requests to all counties to try and ease the wait times.

For Mary Horn, voting early was the right way to go this election.

“I can get it done on my schedule and not have to wait on anyone else's schedule,” she said.

Horn waited for about 20 minutes in Wake County but others have had to wait for hours.

“We're monitoring everything, fielding a lot of calls, trying to provide voter information,” said State Board of Elections Executive Director Gary Bartlett

Bartlett adds that the number of people voting early has exceeded their expectations.

“The chances are great that more people will vote before election day, in fact we think we're going to break a record,” he said.

With 13 days until election day, more than 817,000 people have voted early. At this time in 2008, that number was more than 647,000.

Bartlett said times have changed since then,

“We have grown in population and we have probably a little more than 400, 000 more new registrations," he said.

Because the number of polling sites are already set, there are no plans to open others. Bartlett said counties are extending their hours to reduce wait times.

“A couple of hours a day at each site what we currently have will go a long way in helping the voter have a better voting experience and not have to wait in long lines,” Bartlett said.

While there have been glitches with touch screen voting machines, bartlett says no voter has complained that their choice was not accurate.

Bartlett said all voters need to review their ballot thoroughly before submitting their decision.

“Once they vote, it's a final act,” he said.

Early voting ends Nov. 3.

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