Early Voting Shatters Records In Mecklenburg County
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Mecklenburg County elections officials said Tuesday early voting this year is easily shattering previous records.
"There's a lot of interest in this election," said Mecklenburg County Director of Elections Michael Dickerson.
Dickerson said 10,000 to 11,000 people have been voting each day since the polls opened last Thursday. He said the previous early voting single-day record was 9,692, which was set during the 2004 presidential election.
Most early voters are waiting between 45 minutes to an hour to vote. They told Eyewitness News they don’t mind the lines.
"It was worth the wait," said 18-year old Jadonte Poinsette, who was voting for the first time. "I waited like 30 to 45 minutes."
But the faster early voting goes, the better for the county’s bank account. Mecklenburg County budgeted $160,000 for early voting. Dickerson said the Board of Elections has opened 20 out of nearly 200 polls, and it's important to try to stick to that budget.
"Remember, this costs money to do. So you've got to get these folks out and get them out voting as quickly as possible," Dickerson said.