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High voter turnout expected in NC after record early voting

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -
North Carolina Elections officials estimate 69% of registered voters in N.C. will cast their ballot Tuesday.

That prediction follows record early voting turnout in the Tar Heel State. More than 2.7 million people voted between October 18th and November 3rd. In 2008, early voting accounted for 2.6 million votes.

Analysts predict the Hispanic vote could have a record impact. Election officials estimate between 75,000 to 111,753 registered Hispanic voters will vote in the 2012 election. That's compared to just 40,028 who voted in 2008.

Many people were worried about widespread problems at polling places on Election Day, preparing for the worst.

As of 5:30 p.m. the North Carolina Board of Elections reported no major problems and nothing that lawyers needed to be contacted to handle.

Director of the NC Elections Board, Gary Bartlett told WBTV's Coleen Harry by phone that there were some minor issues, like batteries dying in the voting machines, but they were handled.

Bartlett did say one precinct in Guilford County lost power for a little more than an hour. Officials are monitoring the situation there to see if hours need to be extended. Bartlett said no voters were turned away.

The biggest problem, according to Bartlett, has been the long lines. Some people waited several hours to cast their ballot, while other people waited just minutes.

WBTV's Coleen Harry also talked to Suzi Emmerling with the Obama Campaign just before 6 p.m.  Emmerling echoed the state board of elections - saying she had not heard of any issues that needed legal involvement either.

Emmerling said the Obama Campaign had volunteers out knocking on doors to make sure people got out to vote, driving people to the polls (need a ride? Click here), and will have volunteers at the polls when they close to make sure everyone in line gets a chance to vote.

Coleen also contacted the Romney Campaign. They have not yet returned her calls.

North Carolina polls close at 7:30 p.m. South Carolina polls close at 7:00 p.m.

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