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More Than 2 Million Early Ballots Cast In NC, Greatly Exceeding 2014

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Voting booths at Hermosa Beach City Hall during California Primary.

North Carolina voters have cast 2,038,810 ballots in early voting ahead of Tuesday’s midterm election, according to numbers released Sunday by the state Board of Election.

Election officials say early voting turnout is up 74 percent from 2014, when early ballots cast totaled 1.1 million. So far, early voting turnout is over 28 percent — and that’s just ballots that have been counted. The number will continue to increase as mail-in absentee ballots arrive at county boards up until the deadline, which is 5 p.m. on Election Day.

According to early voting data, Democratic voters have turned out at a higher rate than Republican voters. Of total ballots cast, 43 percent have been cast by Democrats, 30 percent have been cast by Republicans and 27 percent have been cast by unaffiliated voters.

White voter turnout has exceeded that of black voters, making up 71 percent of the early voting turnout.

Women make up 54 percent of the voters who have turned out, with over 1.1 million ballots cast.