More than 50% of registered NC voters have cast a ballot in the 2020 general election

Early voters line up to cast their ballots inside the South Regional Library polling location in Durham, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

RALEIGH – Four days remain in North Carolina’s in-person early voting period, which ends Saturday, Oct. 31.

On Wednesday morning, total voter turnout in the 2020 general election reached 50% statewide.

All early voting sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. weekdays through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For early voting site locations in their county, voters may the NCSBE’s site search:

“Early voting is consistently the most popular form of voting in North Carolina, and 2020 appears to be no different,” said Karen Brinson Bell, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “If you wish to vote early, we encourage you to find a site and time that works for you between now and Saturday.”

The board says the final few days of the early voting period are typically the busiest days, and voters may have to wait in line at some early voting sites. In 2016, more than 561,000 voters cast ballots the last Thursday and Friday of the early voting period, the highest turnout during a two-day span that year.

Same-day registration during the early voting period is the final opportunity for eligible individuals who are not yet registered to vote to cast a ballot in this election. Same-day registrants must attest to their eligibility and provide proof of where they live.

Voters who requested an absentee ballot but have not yet returned it may vote in person during the early voting period or on Election Day, Nov. 3. They may discard the by-mail ballot and do not need to bring it to a voting site.