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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
Early voting is attracting a lot of interest in North Carolina. Since the polls opened on October 18, voters all across the state have been visiting polling places, allowing many voters to echo the words of Brenda Foote in Charlotte.
"I'm done!" she happily shouted after casting her vote.
Brenda and husband Henry voted today at the Hal Marshall Annex off North College Street.
"With early voting you can cast your vote without standing in line for a long period of time. You can get that out of the way, and allow more people, even on the day of voting where they can go in and cast their vote if they cannot go early," Foote told WBTV.
Even politicians who might work the polls on Election Day are already greeting voters. On Tuesday Lt. Governor Dalton, who is battling Pat McCrory to become North Carolina's next governor, greeted early voters at the polls.
Keith Bradford is running for Mecklenburg County Commission, wife Robin, a candidate for the North Carolina House also greeted early voters.
They say some precincts have been very busy.
"People are coming out in double, triple digits since October 18, we also had souls to the polls on Sunday from 1-4 and busloads of churches showed up at the Steele Creek library, so that is very encouraging that people are voting, coming out early and coming out with a determination to make their vote count," Bradford told WBTV.
From Charlotte, to Salisbury, more people are voting early. This location was steady during the day, but yesterday saw vanloads of students from Livingstone College coming in to vote.
Elections Director Nancy Evans told WBTV that there have been few problems, just some adjustments to the flow in the room once officials realized the numbers would be up.
In Rowan County on the first day of early voting there were nearly 500 more voters than four years ago, while in Mecklenburg County through Monday, 68,003 votes had been cast, far surpassing four years ago.
Early voting this year is showing gains for both parties, though Democrats tend to have the biggest early voting push. Experts say that was a key in helping President Obama to win the state four years ago, so this year, Republicans are pushing the effort to vote early as well.