With three full weeks of NC mail-in absentee ballots now complete, over 88,500 voters have requested ballots, with over 13,000 of the ballots have been returned.
Registered Republicans have taken the overall lead in total mail-in ballots requested with 39 percent, compared to 33 percent for registered Democrats, 28 percent for registered unaffiliated voters, and less than 1 percent from registered Libertarians.
Among returned and accepted ballots, though, registered Democrats have 40 percent of those ballots, with 35 percent from registered Republicans, and 24 percent from registered unaffiliated voters.
In comparing this year's numbers of returned and accepted mail-in absentee ballots by party registration, the trend continues to hold for registered Democrats and registered unaffiliated voters by their over-performance.
While the total returned and accepted mail-in absentee ballots are 106 percent of the same-day totals from 2012, registered Democrats are at 140 percent, registered unaffiliated voters are at 139 percent, and registered Republicans are behind their cumulative numbers from four years ago, at only 73 percent of their same-day totals.
Among outstanding mail-in ballots by party registration, registered Republicans are 40 percent of the yet-to-be-returned ballots: