Long lines, record turn out, greet early voters

Long lines, record turn out, greet early voters

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 23 at 6:21 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- This year more people are taking part in North Carolina's early voting than in 2008.   Through Monday night, 60,000 people voted in Mecklenburg County.  During the same period in 2008, the number was only 33,000.

"I was surprised to see that many people early voting. I thought there would be more during regular voting," said first time voter Angus Musser.

Musser and many others went to the Morrison library in SouthPark on Tuesday to vote, only to be greeted by a long line extending around the building.  People reported standing in line for up to 45 minutes, most without complaint.

"I think this is probably one of the most important elections of our lives, right now," said Stacie Menichella.

The Morrison library is among the early voting locations with the longest lines.  According to the Mecklenburg Board of Elections, the University Area library, Cornelius Town Hall, and the Beatties Ford library are the busiest, and therefore the most likely where voters will find long lines.

The BOE says the Hall Marshall Annex, the main library uptown, Veterans Park and UNCC are among the locations that have the shortest lines.  Longer lines may also form as election day gets closer.

"This week would be the week to do it," said Michael Dickerson, director of Mecklenburg Board of Elections.

Early voting runs until November 3. 

Here's a list of locations: Hal Marshall Annex, Beatties Ford Rd Library, Bette Rae Thomas Rec Center, Cornelius Town Hall, Gibson Building, Hickory Grove Library, Independence Regional Library, Main Branch Library, Marion Diehl Rec. Center, Mint Hill Library, Morrison Regional Library, Mountain Island Library, North County Regional Library, Old Bradford Clinic, Rameses Temple, South County Regional Library, Steele Creek Library, Sugar Creek Library, UNC Charlotte Cone Center, University City LIbrary, Veterans Park, West Blvd Library. 

Business hours vary.
 

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