According to data from the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement released on November 1, 1,493,453 voters have cast ballots at Early Voting sites since the start of this year’s 18-day Early Voting period. Voters have 3 more days to cast ballots at Early Voting sites, and the final weekend often garners the most traffic.
As stated in Democracy NC’s previous analyses of the 2018 Early Voting period, there is no perfect election to use for comparison. The chart below compares totals for this year’s Early Voting period (15 days completed, 3 days remaining), the entire 2014 Early Voting period (10 days completed), and the 2010 and 2016 elections up to this point (14 days completed, 3 days remaining). This year’s period began one day earlier than the 2014 and 2016 windows.
Turnout so far in 2018 has surpassed the totals for the entire Early Voting periods in 2010 and 2014, the last two midterm elections– both of which had Senate races, which this year does not. In 2010, only 645,793 voters had cast ballots at this point in the Early Voting period, and 949,420 cast ballots during that entire 17-day Early Voting period. Across the entire Early Voting period in 2014, which was only a 10-day period, 1,097,269 ballots were cast at early voting sites.
At this point in 2016’s 17-day cycle, 2,217,950 ballots had been cast at Early Voting sites.