MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. – There were long lines outside most of the 22 early voting locations in Mecklenburg County on Saturday.
November 3 was the last day for residents to cast their ballots early before precincts open on Election Day Tuesday.
John Bookens said he waited in line for 45 minutes. "But I waited a lot longer last time (four years ago) before," he said. "Last time it seemed like hours."
Most experienced about an hour plus wait time guessed one lady outside the public libray on Beatties Ford Road in northwest Charlotte.
"We've got great weather and people are in a good mood," she said. "So that makes it easier for people.”
According to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections Director Michael Dickerson, early voting has gone well.
"Great. Early voting has been great," Dickerson said. "We have record numbers coming here to vote early."
Dickerson said 2012 totals will surpass the early voting numbers of 2008, the last time the county voted for a president.
"Twenty to 30 percent better than what we did four years ago," he explained.
In Mecklenburg County, more than 250,000 people have taken advantage of the early voting. He said the record turnout can be attributed to both parties working hard to get their supporters to the polls.