Now that early voting has come to a close, I thought for grins and giggles it would be interesting to see  how long folks waited in-line to cast their ballots early. Voter enthusiasm and commitment has had a  definite effect on voter turn-out around the country. But for us in NC the mere fact we are a swing state this election has added to the excitment. So, how committed were you, let’s see the numbers.

Thanks for your participation in the poll.

Now, consider this from CNN.

In North Carolina, where a Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t won in 33 years, state election board Deputy Director Johnnie McLean has been watching the early balloting statistics pour in since voting began on October 16.

“I was just looking at the totals a few hours ago for the first time this morning and I just couldn’t believe that we’ve had 1.4 million to vote by absentee ballot already,” said McLean. “Of course we also have more than 6 million voters so you have to take that into consideration.”

As of Tuesday, just over 396,000 registered Republicans had cast early votes in North Carolina, compared with registered Democrats, who had cast 771,500 ballots — nearly twice as many.

Polls show McCain and Obama are locked in a tight contest in the state. A CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corp. poll has Obama leading McCain by a mere 4 percentage points, 51 percent to 47 percent. The poll — taken between October 19 and 22 — has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Early voter turnout in North Carolina is about 23 percent so far, said McLean, adding that a predicted one-third turnout for early voting wouldn’t surprise her.

Hicks, who posts daily analysis to his , said, “Democrats have clearly made a strong push to get out the early vote this year and that’s paying dividends.”


If you haven’t voted yet Tuesday is your day, let your voice be heard. Don’t be the person in this video.

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