With six days left until Election Day, Lee County has surpassed its 2016 early vote total.
That’s according to the Civitas Institute’s VoteTracker, which shows 19,512 Lee County residents having cast an early or mail in ballot as of the end of Tuesday. 2016’s early vote total was 18,543, with another roughly 6,500 voters casting a ballot on Election Day.
Of the votes cast through Tuesday, 16,148 were in person one stop and 3,364 were absentee mail in votes. 39.75 percent of votes came from Democrats, 32.77 percent came from Republicans, and 27 percent came from unaffiliated votes. 88 third party voters had cast ballots.
9,527 of the in person early votes through Tuesday happened at the McSwain Center, while 6,621 were cast at the Hales Center. Women account for 51.7 percent of early votes through Tuesday, or 10,088.
As of Oct. 24, Lee County had 38,319 registered voters, putting local turnout through Tuesday at 50.9 percent.
Statewide, turnout numbers are similar. An email from the North Carolina State Board of Elections indicated the state expected to exceed 50 percent turnout sometime Wednesday, and also pointed out the final weekdays of early voting have historically tended to be the busiest.
“The final few days of the early voting period are typically the busiest days, and voters may have to wait in line at some early voting sites,” the email read. “In 2016, more than 561,000 voters cast ballots the last Thursday and Friday of the early voting period, by far the highest turnout during a two-day span that year. ”
Early voting in Lee County remains open through Saturday at the Hales Center, 147 McIver St., and the McSwain Center, 2420 Tramway Road. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.