Record turnout continues for North Carolina, Watauga County surpasses half of 2016 vote total

Moss Brennan, Reporter

With less than two weeks until Election Day, North Carolina has already surpassed half of the total votes that were cast in 2016.

In 2020, over 36% of registered voters in North Carolina have cast their ballots either in person or by absentee ballot. 

Over 2.7 millions have cast their ballots so far while 4.7 million cast their votes in 2016. Over 2 million of those ballots have been cast in person during early voting. 

“I just want to thank the over 25,000 election administrators who have been doing this work day in and day out,” chair of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, Damon Circosta, said. 

In Watauga County, over 16,200 people have voted — over half of the total votes cast in 2016. 

The App State campus voting site — the Blue Ridge Ballroom in the Plemmons Student Union — has seen the most votes with over 3,500. The next highest early voting site in Watauga County is the administration building which has seen over 2,900 voters.

Watauga County is matching the statewide voter turnout so far in 2020. 

To date, 36,88% of registered voters in North Carolina have voted while 36.27% of registered Watauga County voters have voted so far. 

Much of the increase is due to absentee voting. In Watauga County, this year has seen nearly triple the number of absentee ballots than it saw in 2016. 

There is just over a week left of early voting which ends Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. The following early voting sites are open in Watauga County: 

  • App State – Plemmons Student Union – Blue Ridge Ballroom
  • Blowing Rock Town Hall
  • Deep Gap Fire Department
  • High Country Vacation Homes (Foscoe)
  • Western Watauga Community Center
  • Watauga County Administration Building, Commissioners’ Board Room