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Monday numbers: NC requests for absentee ballots up 1,400% from 2016

[1]More than 10% of all registered voters in North Carolina have already requested an absentee ballot [2] for the November election, according to the State Board of Elections, a 1,400% increase compared with the same time in the 2016 election cycle. And the number will certainly increase before the Oct. 27 deadline to request an absentee ballot. The uptick in requests is attributed to concerns about voting in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of Sept. 11, 23,443 ballots had been returned, or about 3% of the total 758,057 requested.

Curious about whether your ballot has been received? Ballottrax will tell you [3] its status. The State Board of Elections website [4] also provides daily totals and updates, as well has historical voting data.

7,119,067 — Number of registered voters in NC

758,057 — Number of absentee ballots requested, 2020

50,425 — Absentee ballots requested, at the same time, 2016

23,443 — Absentee ballots returned, as of Sept. 12, 2020

22,709 — Ballots accepted

458 — Ballots designated “witness info incomplete”

256 — Ballots designated “spoiled.” Voters can spoil their ballots for several reasons, including requests from college students who had asked for them to be   sent to their dorms, but who left the dorm because of the pandemic.

4 — Designated “returned undeliverable”

3 — Designated as “conflict”

8 — Designated as “pending”

13 — Reason not given

3 — Duplicate

1 — Signature different

789 — Overseas ballots cast

171 — Military ballots cast

388,711 — Absentee ballots requested by Democrats, 2020

239,325 — Requested by unaffilliated voters

127, 226 — By Republicans

2,303 — By Libertarians

333 — By Green Party members

159 — By Constitution Party members

50 — Days until Election Day, Nov. 3

43 — Days to request an absentee ballot, Oct. 27

31 — Days until in-person early voting begins, Oct. 15

 

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Source: NC State Board of Elections, Sept. 12 data [6]