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Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 03:46 AM PDT

NC early voting 210,925 Wednesday

by dean4ever

North Carolina now has had a record 1,690,195 in person early votes, as 210,925 more votes were cast Wednesday at 364 locations, besting the previous daily high of 195,003. The final 2004 total was 984,294. The final 2008 number should exceed 2 million. Early voting ends Saturday afternoon.

Blacks made up 24.24% of the Wednesday total, down from the 26.33% who voted early Tuesday. Both numbers exceed the 21.4% of registered voters who are Black. Already, 36.81% of Black registered voters in North Carolina have voted early, compared with 24.83% of Whites. 32.99% of registered Democrats have already voted, compared with 22.74% of registered Republicans.

104,165 Democrats voted Wednesday compared with 100,089 Tuesday, while 66,565 Republicans cast votes Wednesday up from the 59,148 of Tuesday.  51,134 Blacks voted Wednesday compared with 51,350 Tuesday.

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Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 04:00 AM PDT

NC 195,003 early votes Tuesday

by dean4ever

North Carolina now has had a record 1,479,270 in person early votes, as 195,003 more votes were cast Tuesday at 357 locations, besting the previous daily high of 182,518. The final 2004 total was 984,294. The final 2008 number should exceed 2 million. Early voting ends Saturday afternoon.

UPDATE 10:20 pm EDT: 210,925 more early votes cast Wednesday.

Blacks made up 26.33% of the Tuesday total, down from the 26.87% who voted early Monday. Both numbers greatly exceed the 21.4% of registered voters who are Black. Already, 32.96% of Black registered voters in North Carolina have voted early, compared with 19.61% of Whites. 29.37% of the registered Democrats have already voted, compared with 19.42% of the registered Republicans.

100,089 Democrats voted Tuesday compared with 97,459 Monday, while 59,148 Republicans cast votes Tuesday up from the 52,428 of Monday.  51,350 Blacks voted Tuesday compared with 50,453 Monday.

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Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 07:14 AM PDT

NC 182,518 early votes Monday

by dean4ever

North Carolina continued to set early voting records Monday as 182,518 more votes were cast at 352 locations, besting the previous daily high of 153,732. The cumulative total of 1,284,267 in person early votes through 12 days of a 17-day period continues to eclipse the old mark of 984,294 that covered all 17 days in 2004. The final 2008 number could be close to 2 million.

Blacks made up 27.64% of the Monday total, up from the 26.87% who voted early Friday, the previous early voting weekday. Both numbers greatly exceed the 21.4% of registered voters who are Black. Already, 29.10% of Black registered voters in North Carolina have voted early, compared with 18.54% of Whites.
For 2008, here is a breakdown by race of the first 12 days:
Black       30.12%
White       65.86%
Native Am   0.35%
Two Races   0.39%
Other*      3.18%

* includes Asian, blank field, undesignated, AND other. Hispanics who list themselves as undesignated or other or leave the race field blank are aggregated under "Other". Hispanics who also list Black or White appear in those categories

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Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:47 AM PDT

NC early votes Sunday 38.94% Black

by dean4ever

North Carolina continued to set early voting records Sunday as 23,039 more votes were cast in a shortened slate of 55 sites in 10 of the State's 100 counties, largely in urban areas such as Charlotte, Durham, and Raleigh. The cumulative total of 1,101,749 in person early votes through 11 days of a 17-day period continues to eclipse the old mark of 984,294 that covered all 17 days in 2004. The final 2008 number could be close to 2 million.

Blacks made up 38.94% of the Sunday total, up from the 30.94% who voted Saturday. Both numbers greatly exceed the 21.4% of registered voters who are Black. Already, 25.30% of Black registered voters in North Carolina have voted early, compared with 15.83% of Whites.

The current D to R ratio of early voters is 58% to 25%, compared with 2004's final early voting 48% to 37%.

For 2008, here is a breakdown by race of the first 11 days:
Black       30.53%
White       65.56%
Native Am   0.34%
Two Races   0.39%
Other*      3.18%

* includes Asian, blank field, undesignated, AND other. Hispanics who list themselves as undesignated or other or leave the race field blank are aggregated under "Other". Hispanics who also list Black or White appear in those categories

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North Carolina shattered its 2004 early voting total Saturday as 98,675 more votes were cast in a shortened slate of 197 sites in 53 of the State's 100 counties. The cumulative total of 1,078,710 in person early votes through 10 day of a 17-day period shatters the old mark of 984,294 that covered all 17 days. The final 2008 number could be close to 2 million.

Blacks made up 30.94% of the Saturday total, up from the 26.87% who voted Friday. Both numbers greatly exceed the 21.4% of registered voters who are Black. Already, 24.63% of Black registered voters in North Carolina have voted early, compared with 15.53% of Whites.

The current D to R ratio  of early voters is 58% to 25%, compared with 2004's final early voting 48% to 37%

For 2008, here is a breakdown by race of the first ten days:
Black       30.35%
White       65.70%
Native Am   0.34%
Two Races   0.39%
Other*      3.22%

* includes Asian, blank field, undesignated, AND other. Hispanics who list themselves as undesignated or other or leave the race field blank are aggregated under "Other". Hispanics who also list Black or White appear in those categories

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North Carolina had 149,245 more early votes cast Friday, for a cumulative total of 980,035 through 9 days of a 17-day early voting period, nearing the 2004 final total of 984,294.  The million vote barrier should be shattered sometime Saturday morning. The final 2008 number could be close to 2 million.

Blacks made up 26.87% of the Friday total, down from the 27.34% who voted Thursday. Both numbers greatly exceed the 21.4% of registered voters who are Black. Already, 22.33% of Black registered voters in North Carolina have voted early, compared with 14.14% of Whites.

The current D to R ratio is 58% to 25%, compared with 2004's final 48% to 37%

For 2008, here is a breakdown by race of the first 9 days:
Black       30.29%
White       65.89%
Native Am   0.35%
Two Races   0.38%
Other*      3.09%

* includes Asian, blank field, undesignated, AND other.

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North Carolina had 153,732 more early votes cast Thursday, for a cumulative 8-day total of 830,610. A 17-day early voting period opened in North Carolina last Thursday. Blacks made up 27.34% of the Tuesday total, down from the 28.78% who voted Tuesday. Both numbers greatly exceed the 21.2% of registered voters who are Black. Already, 19.55% of Black registered voters in North Carolina have voted early, compared with 11.92% of Whites.

UPDATE: as of 5:15 pm Friday (day 9), the total of early voters had risen to 951,142 (another 121,000+), but many sites are open until 7 pm and I will post new stats Saturday covering all of Friday.

UPDATE 2: Those first 120,532 voters Friday were 27.38% Black (up from Thursday) and 53.39% Democratic vs 28.68% GOP.

For 2008, here is a breakdown by race of the first 8 days:
Black       30.91%
White       65.25%
Native Am   0.34%
Two Races   0.38%
Other*      3.11%

* includes Asian, blank field, undesignated, AND other.

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The North Carolina State Board of Elections posted a mid-day update Thursday at 1 pm, the toal is now 736,701, meaning almost 60,000 more votes had been cast by that hour.  About 1/4 of the sites are open well into the evening.

North Carolina had 132,878 more early votes cast Wednesday, for a cumulative seven-day total of 676,878. A 17-day early voting period opened in North Carolina last Thursday. Blacks made up 28.78% of the Tuesday total, down from the 31.34% who voted Tuesday. Both numbers greatly exceed the 21.2% of registered voters who are Black. Already, 16.35% of Black registered voters in North Carolina have voted early already, compared with 9.60% of Whites.

For 2008, here is a breakdown by race of the first seven days:
Black      31.72%
White      64.49%
Native Am   0.34%
Two Races   0.38%
Other*      3.07%%

* includes Asian, blank field, undesignated, AND other.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 22, 85,689 more had voted by 3:30 pm, bringing the grand total to 629,711. Half of the sites are open until 6 pm or later this evening, some as late as 8 pm.

North Carolina had 139,475 more early votes cast Tuesday, for a cumulative six-day total of 544,020. A 17-day early voting period opened in North Carolina last Thursday.  The 139,475 is the biggest day so far. Demographics have stayed reasonably stable, Blacks made up 31.34% of the Tuesday total, down slightly from the 32.9% who voted Monday. Already, 13.43% of Black registered voters in North Carolina have voted early, compared with 7.62% of Whites.

For 2008, here is a breakdown by race of the first six days:
Black    32.44%
White    63.73%
Two Races 0.38%
Other*    3.45%%

* includes Asian, Native American, blank field, undesignated, AND other.

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North Carolina has registered 826,468 new voters since January 1, 2008. This covers through the end of mail-in registration on October 10, and includes 6,868 who registered October 16-19 during the first four days of the state's 17-day early voting process. Registration at the State's 300+ Early Voting sites ends November 1.

Some summary totals by party of new voters in 2008:
Democratic:     48.40%
Republican:   21.48%
Unaffiliated: 29.89%
Libertarian:   0.23%

By race of new voters:
Native American: 1.01%
Asian:           1.58%
Black:           30.88%
Two Races:        1.24%
White:           56.76%
Other*:           8.53%

* includes "undesignated", "other", and blank field on the registration card

The 6,868 new voters during early voting are 34.83% Black and 54.00% Democratic, both higher numbers than the yearly total.

Meanwhile, early voting continues in North Carolina with aa total of 271,863 ballots cast after four days of the 17-day early voting period.

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Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 04:24 AM PDT

NC early votes 37k Saturday

by dean4ever

North Carolina saw 37,229 more early votes cast Saturday at an abbreviated slate of 103 sites in 34 of its 100 counties.  A 17-day early voting period opened in North Carolina Thursday, and the three day total through Saturday evening is 251,709.  The first Saturday in 2004 7,471 voted, and the 3-day total in '04 was 70,652.

For 2008, here is a breakdown by race:
Black 31.88%
White 64.19%
Other* 3.93%

Blacks made up 29.3% of the Saturday total.

* includes Asian, Native American, blank field, undesignated, other, and two races

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Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 07:40 PM PDT

NC early votes 214k, heavy D and B

by dean4ever

A 17-day early voting period opened in North Carolina Thursday, and the two day total through Friday evening is 214,480, with 112,901 Thursday and 111,579 Thursday at the 299 sites open. This compares with 63,164 who voted the first two days of early voting in 2004.

For 2008, here is a breakdown by race:
Black 32.3%
White 64.22%
Other* 3.48%

While blacks made up 35% of the Thursday totals, for day two it was about 29%.

* includes Asian, Native American, blank field, undesignated, other, and two races

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