Saturday, October 27, 2018

Halfway Through NC's Early Voting Period And We're Ready to Surpass 2014's Numbers

With more than 9 days in the books for North Carolina's in-person absentee onestop voting, we're halfway through the early voting period and the state is ready to surpass the 2014 total absentee ballots cast.

Through Friday, October 26, North Carolina voters have requested over 1.1 million absentee ballots, for both mail-in and onestop/in-person, and returned and accepted over 1 million of them.  The daily numbers and the cumulative totals for both types of absentee ballots are below, first by requested ballots:

And then by returned and accepted ballots:

Friday, October 26, 2018

NC's Middle Weekend of Early Voting

On Thursday evening, I was at a dinner meeting that ran late, past 9 PM, and about 9:20 PM, my phone started to blow up. I thought, oh no, what now...and I was received tweets, DMs, and text messages that Rachel Maddow was citing some information that I had posted about North Carolina's early voting, especially on Sunday and the traditional "Souls to the Polls" activity that black churches engage in with their members:

Just a minor correction to the story: this past weekend, on Sunday October 21, North Carolina had only 9 out of the 100 counties open for Sunday early voting.

This weekend (October 27 & 28), the core middle weekend in the 18 days of early voting (in-person) in North Carolina, 20 counties will have early voting opportunities on Sunday, with more on Saturday (based on information from the NC State Board of Elections website):

I'll be updating the numbers coming in over the weekend, along with updating the new voter registration data file and analyzing that aspect as well.

Thanks to all for reading and following along, and especially to the new subscribers from the mention on the Rachel Maddow Show.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

With 2 Weeks To Go Before Election Day, NC's Mid-Terms Are Still Looking Presidential

As of today (10-23-18) and the fact that we're two weeks out from the 2018 mid-term election, North Carolina's early voters are still acting like it's a presidential year in terms of the numbers, though yesterday's tally showed a slight dip in the numbers when compared to 2016.

So far, North Carolina has over 658,000 requests for ballots, with the overwhelming number of them in the form of absentee onestop (in other words, in-person early votes). Over 585,000 of these requested ballots have been returned and accepted as votes for November 6's election.

A comparison to 2010, 2014, and 2016 shows that 2018 is on a different trend line from past mid-terms, and is mirroring the numbers posted in the last presidential election.