December 22, 2014

About 15 percent of Rowan voters participate in early voting

Published 2:25 am Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The numbers are in and nearly 15 percent of Rowan County’s registered voted in the days leading up to today’s mid-term elections.

About 92,000 people are registered to vote in Rowan County. As of Monday morning, 13,705 people — by in-person early voting and mail-in absentee ballots — had voted in Rowan County. The remainder of Rowan County will have a shot to make their voices heard beginning at 6:30 a.m. today.

The most expensive political race on the ballots is between Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Thom Tillis and Democratic Candidate Kay Hagan, who have been a part of a race where more than $100 million has been spent.

Other contentious races on Rowan county ballots include the county commissioners and Rowan-Salisbury School Board.

In total, 12,893 people voted during one-stop, early voting, which Rowan County Board of Elections Director Nancy Evans said was above average for a normal mid-term  election. Evans said 812 people, including seven members of the military and three people living overseas, comprised main-in ballots to date. 

Exact results of which candidates early voters chose won’t be ready until Tuesday evening, but a breakdown of party affiliation shows just under 1,000 more Republicans than Democrats voted in-person during the 10-day one-stop period, according to the board of elections.

Though the one-stop voting numbers are final because early voting ended Saturday, Evans said mail-in ballots could be received via mail after election day, as long as the letter is postmarked by Nov. 4

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246