More Than 135,000 Ballots Cast on First Day of Early Voting

Last Updated on October 24, 2022 9:51 am

About 135,400 North Carolina voters cast ballots on the first day of in-person early voting Thursday.

The turnout was on par with the nearly 136,500 voters who cast ballots on the first day of in-person early voting in 2018.

“We had a solid first day of in-person voting, with very few incidents reported around the state,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “We appreciate the hard work of our county boards of elections and poll workers. Let’s keep it rolling, North Carolina voters.”

The State Board publishes detailed statistics about absentee and in-person early voting daily. See Daily Absentee Stats Reports.

Through Thursday, nearly 187,000 voters, including about 51,500 by-mail voters, had cast ballots in the 2022 midterm general election. That’s an increase of 20% from the 155,200 voters who had cast ballots at this point in 2018.

Through Thursday, nearly 208,000 voters had requested absentee ballots for this election. The State Board also publishes detailed statistics about absentee ballot requests. See Daily Absentee Request Reports.

The in-person early voting period continues through 3 p.m. Saturday, November 5.

Voters may cast a ballot at any early voting site in their county. For sites and hours in all 100 counties, use the One-Stop Early Voting Sites search tool. Also see One-Stop Voting Sites for the November 8, 2022 Election (PDF).

Individuals who missed the regular voter registration deadline on October 14 may register and vote at the same time during the early voting period. Same-day registrants must attest to their eligibility and provide proof of where they live. For more information, visit Register in Person During Early Voting.

When you check in to vote at an early voting site, you may update your name or address within the same county, if necessary.

Sample ballots for the general election are available through the Voter Search tool.

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