Early voting in 2012 could exceed '08 totals in North Carolina

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 4:44 PM

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (AP) -- The campaigns of President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and their parties' slates of candidates are nearing high gear as in-person early voting begins in all of North Carolina's 100 counties  

Voters are able to cast absentee ballots at more than 350 early-vote locations in all 100 counties starting Thursday morning and almost daily through Nov. 3. People also can register to vote and cast ballots during the same period. Traditional mail-in absentee balloting has been going for more than a month. 

More than 2.4 million cast in-person early votes in 2008, or 55 percent of all ballots cast. Many attribute the Obama campaign's emphasis on the early vote four years ago in part to his 14,000-vote win over Republican John McCain. GOP leaders say they aren't forgetting early voting, either.
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