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Thu Oct 18, 2012, 11:44 PM

"NC early voting outpaces 2008 turnout"

RALEIGH, N.C. Early voting in North Carolina got off to a fast start Thursday, surpassing first-day vote counts from 2008, as candidates and campaigns continued to encourage voters to hit the polls before Election Day.

Throngs of people swamped one-stop voting locations statewide and waited for up to an hour to cast ballots. In Wake County, votes outpaced 2008 numbers by nearly one and a half times.

"For a very first day of early voting, I do think we've had a much better turnout than in 2008," said Cherie Poucher, elections director for Wake County.

In 2008, 7,917 ballots were cast on the first day of early voting at five one-stop voting sites across Wake County, Poucher said. On Thursday, with three additional early voting sites, Wake County received 11,245 ballots a 42 percent increase.

All eight early-voting sites open in Wake County on Thursday saw heavy traffic, Poucher said. Eight more will open next week, and she said she doesn't expect much of a slowdown.

"All of the campaigns have been touting vote early, vote early," she said. "I think it's going to carry through."

Final statewide numbers for Thursday's turnout won't be available until Friday morning, but ballots surpassed the 2008 first-day count of 117,372, said state Board of Elections Director Gary Bartlett.


http://www.wral.com/throngs-swamp-early-voting-sites-in-nc/11673771/



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Reply "NC early voting outpaces 2008 turnout" (Original post)
Lex Oct 2012 OP
iemitsu Oct 2012 #1
WI_DEM Oct 2012 #2
WI_DEM Oct 2012 #3
Drunken Irishman Oct 2012 #5
LisaL Oct 2012 #6
dsc Oct 2012 #10
Lex Oct 2012 #14
Cha Oct 2012 #4
abumbyanyothername Oct 2012 #8
Cha Oct 2012 #12
Lex Oct 2012 #15
Maximumnegro Oct 2012 #17
abumbyanyothername Oct 2012 #16
Maximumnegro Oct 2012 #18
DURHAM D Oct 2012 #7
abumbyanyothername Oct 2012 #9
VirginiaTarheel Oct 2012 #11
karmaqueen Oct 2012 #13
mnhtnbb Oct 2012 #19
BlueInPhilly Oct 2012 #31
limousineliberal Oct 2012 #20
VirginiaTarheel Oct 2012 #21
nc4bo Oct 2012 #22
VirginiaTarheel Oct 2012 #23
Lex Oct 2012 #24
Lex Oct 2012 #25
Baitball Blogger Oct 2012 #26
Lex Oct 2012 #28
Baitball Blogger Oct 2012 #29
Lex Oct 2012 #30
Robbins Oct 2012 #27
VirginiaTarheel Oct 2012 #32

Response to Lex (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 11:52 PM

1. i love the picture of these responsible citizens.

could be, because i think i can anticipate for whom they are likely to vote.

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 11:54 PM

2. Where is Wake County in North Carolina?

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Response to WI_DEM (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 11:55 PM

3. Ok, I just looked it up--part of the Triangle which is a pretty dem area. Good.

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Response to WI_DEM (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:10 AM

5. Yes...Obama won Wake County by a margin of 57-42...

Still, Kerry lost the county by about two-points in '04, Gore lost it by seven in '00 and Clinton by 3.

So, it's definitely not a 'solid Democratic county' ... but if Obama wins the margins like he did four years ago there, it could be huge.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:11 AM

6. They are outvoting 2008 already.

So maybe he will do even better.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:35 AM

10. It is a massively growing county

with the growth coming from Hispanics and northerners. It is likely more Democratic now than in 08 and certainly more so than in 04 or 00.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:46 AM

14. In the "solid" Dem counties where Durham and Chapel Hill are . . . the wait was almost 3 hours

to vote in some precincts in those counties. That's HEAVY Dem turnout.

I hope like hell Charlotte/Mecklenburg County gets their Democrats to the polls. It's a crucial area.

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:03 AM

4. Thanks Lex.. I saw this Tweet on another site..

Russell Schaffer

@RussOnPolitics On first day of early voting, Dem-leaning Wake County (Raleigh) sees a 42% increase over 2008. Pulling out, my foot! wral.com/throngs-swamp-


And, this one..

Russell Schaffer

@RussOnPolitics Romney campaign "leaving" North Carolina because they are confident they have it won already is a head fake. They'll have to fight for it.


Thank you Early Voters in North Carolina!

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Response to Cha (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:25 AM

8. Thing is . . .

They can't fight for it.

They just have to orphan it and hope it flies.

They need the people in OH.

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Response to abumbyanyothername (Reply #8)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:39 AM

12. They don't have enough people helping them to

cover all the swing states? Certainly they have the money.

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Response to Cha (Reply #12)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:48 AM

15. Romney might have the money, but I wonder about the organization.

Seems like Obama has left a skeleton organization in place since 2008 that he's been able to re-mobilize fully.



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Response to Lex (Reply #15)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 01:00 AM

17. Exactly.

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Response to Cha (Reply #12)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:55 AM

16. They don't have the people, exactly.

Obama has an organization that brings together money, media and boots on the ground. Romney is more of a top down driven organization. In the past it was the evangelical churches that provided Bush the boots on the ground. This cycle they are more meh about Romney.

Plus, Romney has a big trust issue and that makes it hard to hire good help.

The money is good for advertising, but it doesn't help when you need to go door to door -- not with LDS kids on a quasi mission, but with actual neighbors enthusiastically sheparding neighbors to the polls (see post 7 below).

The point is that experience as a community organizer pays off in elections . . . or it at least adds value when maybe the campaigns are at a stand-off on media and voter analytics. When you know how to get people in the community involved in making their lives better by being better citizens . . . that's power. And it's power in the hands of people. Which scares the crap out of the Republicans.

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Response to Cha (Reply #12)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 01:01 AM

18. Outside money is going to ads so

No actually don't buy into the bottomless trough hype.

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:15 AM

7. I voted today.

I got there about 3:30 pm and it was very busy. I talked to some of the workers and they were exhausted. They expected to be busy but not that busy.

This is my personal get out the vote project - I have lived in the same area of the city for more than 20 years and go to the same drug stores, grocery stores, coffee shop, gas station, etc. all of the time. A couple of days ago I printed off copies of the early voting hours and locations. I have distributed them to the employees at all of these businesses. I know that the asst. manager at one grocery posted it where the employees clock in/out. I had two people at the grocery store ask me if I had the Wake county info so I came home, printed it off, and took them copies.

I know most of these employees by name and a little something about them. I am aware that several of them take the bus to work so I have quietly asked them if they need a ride to the polls. I have a growing list of people that I will be picking up at their homes on their day off and taking them (and up to three neighbors/friends) to vote.

Tomorrow I am meeting up with a young man I talked to at the coffee shop who turns 18 on Oct. 30th. He did not think he was eligible to vote. I told him that he was and I would bring him more info. He got really excited so perhaps he went home and looked it up. Anyway, I will see him tomorrow.

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #7)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:34 AM

9. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We can donate and phone bank all we want, but it is one neighbor talking with another, and encouraging the vote that makes all the difference in the world.

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:37 AM

11. Enthusiasm in NC is surpassing 2008 levels

So there!

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:45 AM

13. I was at the polls in New hanover Co. for a few hours today.

There was a steady flow of voters. The workers said there was a positive vibe. My husband and I are going to what we can . The biggest problem in NC is we were taken over by a horrible group of idiots in the mid term. There is non stop anti Obama everything. What would work in this part of the State is more environmental ads. I do not think that most of the voters know that they want to drill and frack asap... so sad for our beautiful ocean and rivers.

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 09:57 AM

19. Officials say 150,000 early voters on first day in NC: 28% increase over first day 2008

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/10/19/2422559/150000-north-carolinians-vote.html

and a photo from Raleigh showing the typical lines:

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 10:22 AM

20. Gallup

 

And I bet Gallup considers these people "unlikely voters". LOL.

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 10:35 AM

21. 150,000 voters the FIRST day in NC!

To paraphrase Joe Biden, this is friggin HUGE!

- Officials say about 150,000 North Carolinians cast their ballots on the first day of early voting.

Election officials say the number of ballots cast Thursday surpassed the first day of voting four years ago. Officials say about 117,000 people cast their ballots on the first day of early voting in 2008.

Officials say as many as 70 percent of voters might cast their ballots in North Carolina before the Nov. 6 election day. Early voting ends Nov. 3.

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Response to VirginiaTarheel (Reply #21)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 10:43 AM

22. !!

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 10:44 AM

23. What is the schedule for early voting in NC? Saturdays and Sundays too?

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Response to VirginiaTarheel (Reply #23)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 11:01 AM

24. It varies somewhat by county. Yes, Saturdays and Sundays

for some counties. Some counties don't have a Sunday time. Anyway, here's a great site where you can pull down the county and it will give you the schedule:

http://www.app.sboe.state.nc.us/webapps/OS_sites/

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 11:12 AM

25. Footnote:

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 11:12 AM

26. It's Friday morning. What's the tally?

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Response to Lex (Reply #28)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 11:25 AM

29. Thanks Lex.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #29)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 11:26 AM

30. No problem. I hope we can keep up the clear momentum

the Democrats have so far.

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 11:15 AM

27. Romney

He thinks he can just spend money on negative ads and that will get him a win.Obama believes In ground game.That Is how he
beat Hillary for the nomination.How he beat Mccain.and that Is how he will beat Romney this year.Early voting helped Obama win
states In 2008.

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Response to Lex (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:10 PM

32. Any reports from NC today?

On the ground....

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