GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Early voting at one location in Pitt County got off to a busy start this morning.
People were lined up at the voting location at Alice Keene Park, where election officials say the turnout has been “great”.
Early voting, or one-stop voting, continues until Saturday, Nov. 5th at 3 p.m.
WITN is told that this year, 359 early voting sites will be open across the state, up 17% from 307 sites during the 2018 midterm election.
Pitt County residents spoke about the importance of voting.
“I’m always anxious to cast my vote and I think it’s important to get out there as early as you can,” Sandi Allinson said. “It’s a gorgeous day, so what’s stopping us? Get out here and vote, it’s very important.”
Election employee Michael Brown said it was a great turnout Thursday.
“It’s been really good. It’s been quite busy here this morning. It’s really important because a lot of times in the morning when you can vote, you don’t have to wait in line as long,” Brown said.
Allinson said it couldn’t be any easier to vote at early voting.
“It really couldn’t. The main thing is you’ve just really got to get up and get out of your house and get here and vote,” Allinson said.
State election officials say early voting is the most popular method of voting in even-numbered elections. In 2020′s general election, 65% of voters cast their ballot in person during the early voting period.
“The 100 county boards of elections have spent months preparing for the start of in-person voting for the important 2022 general election,” Karen Brinson Bell, State Board of Elections executive director said. “The bipartisan election officials who work in each early voting site are prepared for a smooth voting process and to ensure the ballots of all eligible voters are counted.”
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