North Carolina officials said Saturday that more than 2 million votes had been cast during early voting for next Tuesday’s election.
The numbers are a 73 percent increase over the 2014 early voting total, which was 1,174,184, according to Patrick Gannon, spokesman for State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement.
The final numbers reported on Saturday were 2,037,034 ballots, Gannon said.
The numbers so far indicate 29 percent voter turnout. The final turnout for early voting and Election Day in 2014 was 44.4 percent, Gannon said.
“We believe the strong early voting turnout, as well as Saturday’s long lines at some sites, are signs that voters are engaged in 2018,” Gannon said in a news release.
Early voting began on Wednesday, October 17.
The early voting numbers include absentee ballots and military voting, officials said.