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More than a week into early voting in the presidential primary, turnout remains low.
“I really thought they would come out in droves considering the number of candidates in the primary,” said Rená Morris, Wilson County’s elections director. “I’m hoping it will pick up.”
Only 2.7% of eligible voters in Wilson County have cast ballots so far, according to data from the Board of Elections office. There are 55,264 eligible voters in Wilson County.
Local voter turnout in the 2016 primary was about 33%.
Morris said she’s been disappointed in the turnout but mentioned that there’s still a week left to vote early ahead of the March 3 primary.
“I keep hoping and praying every day gets better,” she said.
No identification is required to cast a ballot in the primary as voters need only to state their full name and address. For voters interested in an absentee ballot, applications can be filled out with the state and requested by Feb. 25 for submission by mail before 5 p.m. on March 3.
Voter turnout continues to be sluggish across the state. As of Thursday, only 187,075 eligible voters had cast ballots out of roughly 6.9 million in North Carolina.
Early voting continues through Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Wilson County Board of Elections office at 112 Douglas St. in downtown Wilson.
Here are the dates and times:
• Saturday, Feb. 22, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Sunday, Feb. 23, 1 to 5 p.m.
• Monday, Feb. 24, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 25, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Feb. 26, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 27, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Friday, Feb. 28, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 29, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.