According to the state board of elections almost 47 percent of all registered voters in North Carolina have cast their votes before Election Day.
More than 3.4 million ballots have been cast in the Tar Heel State, including 805,956 cast by mail, as of 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
North Carolina allows voters to register and cast their ballots in the same day at “one stop” early in-person voting sites across the state. Early voting will continue through Saturday.
Those looking to vote absentee have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, to request an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be returned by mail, or returned in-person at early voting sites through Oct. 31.
Absentee ballots returned after early voting ends must be submitted in-person to the voter’s county board of elections office by 5 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3.
No special circumstances are needed to vote by mail in the state.
North Carolina is a key battleground this year, with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holding a narrow 1.2-point lead over President Trump in the RealClearPolitics polling index. Trump won the state in 2016 by 4 points.
The state is also home to a fierce Senate race, with Democrat Cal Cunningham challenging incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis (R). Recent public polls have shown the pair tied or within single digits of each other.
Voter turnout across the country has seen record highs this year, with nearly 67 million Americans having already cast their mail-in ballots or voted in person as of Tuesday, according to the U.S. Election Project.
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