More Than 45 Percent of NC Voters Have Already Cast Ballots

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -

North Carolina’s elections board says more than 45 percent of the state’s nearly 7 million registered voters have already cast their ballots ahead of election day, with Democrats and Republican turning out in roughly equal proportions.

The State Board of Elections said Sunday that almost 3.1 million of North Carolina’s nearly 6.9 million registered voters have made their choices at early-voting locations or by mail-in absentee ballots. That’s a double-digit increase over the early voting period during the last presidential election in 2012.

But percentages for Democratic and black voters remained lower compared to four years ago. Blacks comprised 22 percent of the early vote compared to 27 percent during the last presidential election, when Republican Mitt Romney won the state.