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Democrats surge in early voting

After just six days of early voting, more than 10 percent of the state's registered voters have cast their ballots this election, according to State Board of Elections figures.

As of Tuesday evening, 629,266 voters have voted, including 544,000 who cast their ballots in person. The rest have submitted absentee ballots, including overseas and military ballots, Peter St. Onge of the Charlotte Observer reports.

The numbers, which are on pace to shatter previous early voting highs, thus far show a continued enthusiasm among Democrats.

In onestop voting:

Party: Democrats, 61%, Republicans 23%, Unaffiliated 16%.

Gender: Female, 56%, Male 44%

Race: White, 64%, Black, 32%

N.C. polls show Barack Obama leading among female voters — and by a large margin among black voters. Experts point to the turnout of both as critical to his success in the state; they estimate that Obama needs the black turnout in N.C. needs to be 22-23 percent for him to win. In 2004, blacks made up 18.6 percent of voters.

More after the jump.

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Officials in both parties expect the percentage of black voters to decline some as Republicans turn out in greater percentages on Nov. 4. But the early surge is encouraging to Democrats, who have been disappointed in the past by election day turnout of their favorable demographics.

For Republican John McCain, the absentee ballot numbers should be encouraging:

Republicans 54%, Democrats 30%, Unaffiliated 16%.

The New York Times reports this morning that "significantly more" Democrats than Republicans have cast ballots at this early stage in Iowa, North Carolina, New Mexico and Ohio. In Florida, more Republicans have cast ballots, and in Colorado the numbers are even thus far after the first day of early voting.


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full absentee stats

Tangoz says
"Ryan you should write a article that says Republicans surge with absentee voting. LOL oh that's right Democrats don't like to count military absentee ballots. They tried that crap when I was Florida and I hear they try it here."

Tangoz, you can get all your numbers here:
http://www.sboe.state.nc.us/getdocument.aspx?id=1299
This is being updated by the State Board of Elections daily (twice today)
this data is as of 1 pm today, this covers all four sides of the absentee issue:

One Stop Early Votes:
736,701
Democratic 59.7%
Libertarian 0.1%
Republican 23.7%
Unaffiliated 16.5%

Civilian mail-in:
89,372
Democratic 28.7%
Libertarian 0.0%
Republican 55.2%
Unaffiliated 16.0%

Military* mail-in:
4,053
Democratic 35.7%
Libertarian 0.1%
Republican 37.0%
Unaffiliated 27.1%

Overseas** mail-in:
1,915
Democratic 46.5%
Libertarian 0.1%
Republican 23.0%
Unaffiliated 30.3%

*military using federal postcard application
** outside 50 states using federal postcard application

Civilian may also include some military and overseas voters already registered and writing a letter rather than using federal postcard

Re: Democrats surge in early voting

A PLANNED STRATEGY BY DEMOCRATS, SINCE THE EARLIER TIMES OF OBAMA/CLINTON PRIMARY DAYS. TO VOTE FOR A CELEBRITY CANDIDATE DRAGGING ALONG A RALEIGH CULTURE ENSCONCED GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE WILL NOT SERVE THE STATE TO CHANGE ANYTHING EXCEPT A FEW NAMES ON THE OFFICE DOORS IN RALEIGH.
THE VIBRANT SOUTHERN URBAN COMMUNITIES ARE WEARY OF FUNDING THE UPPER INNER BELT AND EASTERN FRIVOLITIES WITHOUT PROPER RETURN FOR INVESTMENT IN OUR AREA. IT IS TIME, WE ARE FED UP, MAKING IT KNOWN WITH OUR BALLOTS EACH DAY.
TIME FOR ETHICAL REFORM, SPELLED M-C-C-R-O-R-Y, AND EXEMPLIFIED BY THE PROVEN RECORD IN RUNNING A PROGRESSIVE PROGRAM IN CHARLOTTE. RATIONAL THOUGHT WILL PREVAIL IN EARLY NOVEMBER.

Re: Democrats surge in early voting

Ryan you should write a article that says Republicans surge with absentee voting. LOL oh that's right Democrats don't like to count military absentee ballots. They tried that crap when I was Florida and I hear they try it here.

Republicans lie, distort, and intimidate

A big reason that there is a lot of early voting is that people are expecting Republican dirty tricks on election day. with teh recent tire slashing at an Obama rally, the dead bear left at WCU to intimidate Obama supporters, Palin's efforts to promote hatemongering at her rallies, offensive comments by the likes of Robyn Hayes that "liberals" are un-American, and statements by other Republican idiots that liberals are "anti-American," many people want to vote early to make sure their votes are counted. Reps- keep it up, because you are doing a lot to energize the Democrats to take our country back. We've had enough of Republican incompetence, and me-first-country-second economics. The Reps have ruined our economy, which is a major threat to our national security. Enough.

Hey LIBERTY

Explain Robin Hayes caught lying on tape about lying on tape?

It's no accident you're going to lose.

Re: Democrats surge in early voting

Liberty11,

Do you realize that nobody pays any attention to off-topic rants?

Re: Democrats surge in early voting

You can thank your Democratic Party for the current financial crisis.
The Democratic Party(through Democratic dominated organizations such as ACORN, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac and Democratic inspired laws such as the Community Reinvestment Act) intimidated banks into lending money to poor minorities and whites who could not possibly pay the money back.
The resulting bad loans were packaged into mortgage securities which(since they were based on fraudulent loans) had no significant value.
It is no accident Obama and Dodd are the top two recipients of Fannie Mae campaign contributions and that Obama chose Jim Johnson(former Fannie Mae executive) to select his vice presidential nominee. It is no accident Obama represented ACORN and that he and Ayers donated to ACORN while they were on boards together. It is no accident Democrats such as Frank, Dodd, Reid, Pelosi and Obama did not join John McCain when John McCain called for reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2005. It is no accident Democrats like Obama, Dodd, Reid, Pelosi, and Frank resisted President Bush’s calls for reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Don’t buy Obama’s demagogic claim Bush “deregulation” caused the current crisis! There was little financial “deregulation” under Bush and Gramm Leach Bliley(1999) was not only under Clinton but, by its breaking down of barriers between commercial and investment banks, has helped to alleviate the current crisis by facilitating recent mergers between commercial and investment banks. The media and Obama can cover up the above truths but the above truths can not legitimately be denied. The current crisis is directly traceable to your Democratic Party.

I R ANGRY!

GRRRR.

Change my diapers. Fire bad.

This message paid for by the NRCC and approved by Linda Daves and the Republican commission to elect Poopy Pants McCrory to Governor.

Re: Public record enhanced

It's going to be a landslide for Obama.

Re: Public record enhanced

OK...got it...Thanks

Public record enhanced

The State Board of Elections didn't just "release it to the N&O or the NYT", it is a public record. The register of absentee voters is a public document by state law so that anyone who wants to challenge a voter can find it. The State Board does publish daily on its website a statistical analysis as well as a link to the register.

No one knows how anyone voted, people are free to draw whatever conclusions they like from the data.

Re: Democrats surge in early voting

There's no preferential treatment here. These are public records available to anyone.

— RTB 

Re: Democrats surge in early voting

It doesn't seem right that the Board of Elections would release this data to the N&O or the NYT before the polls close on Nov 4th.

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