- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The number of ballots cast in person on the first day of early voting in North Carolina is largely on par with four years ago.

The State Board of Elections said 164,207 ballots were cast Thursday at early-voting sites in all 100 counties. That compares with 166,943 ballots on the first day of early voting during the 2012 presidential election.

There are about 200,000 more registered voters now compared to the same time four years ago, or about 6.8 million today.

Early in-person voting continues through Nov. 5. About 56 percent of the votes cast in the 2012 election came in early voting.

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