Wake County’s early election count surpasses that of the 2018 primary

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Early polling stations for the primary will close at 3 p.m. Saturday. And abortion rights and the Jan. 6 inquest could make the difference and have implications for the fall election candidates.

Thousands of early voters, like Phronsie Stopple, wasted no time getting their votes counted.

“I was very happy with how crowded it was this morning because I was like, ‘Last day, let me out there, let me vote,'” she said.

Based on data from the Wake County Board of Elections, more than 35,000 Wake County residents have unofficially participated in early voting since late April.

Not everyone was as enthusiastic as Stopple, but they got the message to go out and vote.

“Voting is very powerful. We have the opportunity to elect our local officials and listen to all the issues of the day,” said early voter Joseph Frierson.

The possible fall of Roe v. Wade and the possible January 6 committee hearing have voters worried about their rights.

“I think for women, our rights are preparing to be taken away. So if we want to reclaim our rights, we have to vote in numbers,” Stopple said.

Based on additional data from the Wake County Board of Elections, the 2022 early election numbers already surpassed turnout in the 2018 primary by 20,000.

A large percentage of this year’s numbers came from female voters.


“I think we are now in a time where we as citizens should have a say in who we put in the office. And it’s very important that we all come out and attend this event,” said Deborah Ragland.

Many voters also took part in curbside voting, allowing them to vote in the comfort of their cars if they had disabilities.

“It gives me the opportunity to get out early and vote instead of waiting in long lines,” said Angeria Davis.

However, if you have questions or problems at a polling location, you can always contact statewide organizations like Democracy of North Carolina.

“People go in to vote and they’re told they can’t, for whatever reason, they’re not on the lists etc. You can come back here, we have a hotline number that people 888-Our-Vote and we can put attorneys on the phone to help them with these issues,” said Adrienne Kelly, a representative for the organization.

Those who were unable to attend early voting on Saturday will now have to wait until Tuesday’s primary.

For more information on where to vote, click here.

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