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Early voting for primary wraps up in NC

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RALEIGH--The voting booths were open Saturday morning on Salisbury Street.

"I know early voting there's usually not much of a line. More for efficiency than anything else," said early voter John Adams.

Polls will be open Tuesday for the state's second primary, but some didn't want to wait until then to cast their ballot for the candidates.

"I can't complain about them if I didn't vote for them," said voter Edward Gilmartin.

No lines and no hassle for voters looking to cast their ballot on the final day of the early voting process. But election officials say don't let that fool you.

"We do have more people that have voted early this time. The other thing is we've had an increase in 2008 in the absentee by mail," said Wake County Board of Elections Director Cherie Poucher.

Election officials say the number of early voters has more than tripled from 2008. So far they have also received more than 580 absentee ballots for the primary as well. In 2008, the number was just over 200. Poucher says they had to explain eligibility requirements and party affiliation to some voters.

"If you're unaffiliated and did not vote in the first primary you're eligible to vote in the second primary, at which time you may choose which political parties ballot you wish to vote," said Poucher.

Other than that, all signs point to many taking advantage of the early voting process so their voice can be heard.

"If you look at the economic situation and you look at so many other factors in our country I think it's critical that people get out and vote," said Adams.

And for those that didn't cast a ballot yet, the absentee deadline isn't until Monday, one day before Tuesday's primary.

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