By Michael Bitzer
North Carolina's first four days of absentee onestop, which is commonly referred to as in-person early voting, have seen record numbers of voters casting ballots. When combined with the exponential amount of absentee by mail ballots returned and accepted, twenty percent of North Carolina's 7.2 million registered voters have already banked their ballots, with two weeks still to go before Election Day.
This post gives several dynamics of the absentee ballots through Sunday, October 18, and then I'll do another blog update on Saturday, October 24, to look at the first full week's worth of data. For daily updates of these numbers, be sure to check out the blog's Twitter account @OldNorthStPol for data threads, or my Twitter account @BowTiePolitics for some analysis of the numbers and trends.
Through Sunday, October 18, the total number of accepted absentee ballots stands at 1,526,968, with 918,224 coming from absentee onestop (in-person) and 608,744 coming from absentee by mail ballots.
The following chart shows the tremendous daily growth in comparison to 2016's daily numbers.
Yes, Election Day is the big final day, but in this year's electoral contest, it is (as is the standard mantra goes) all about who shows up. And with registered Democrats nearing thirty percent of their eligible voters having cast a ballot, compared to 17 percent so far, it will be important to watch all of these dynamics, but especially "who shows up" ultimately when the polls close on November 3rd.
Because that's how the electoral game is played.