AARP Eye Center
Update From The Field: North Carolina
By Alejandra Owens, November 4, 2008 10:44 AM
From the AARP North Carolina State President Diana Hatch:
"Rainy election-day weather in North Carolina doesn't appear to be dampening turnout. Lines are long in many precincts, but they appear to be moving at a good pace. Election officials had anticipated that some three million votes would be cast on election day, but those estimates have now been scaled back to around two million after extremely heavy early voting in the Tar Heel state. More than 40 percent of North Carolina's eligible voters - over two and a half million persons - have already cast their ballots. The electorate here has changed significantly with some 400,000 new registrations in the last year, many representing retirees and others who have moved to North Carolina from other states; we'll have to see what impact that has on long-standing patterns in presidential elections."