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10% of registered voters have requested absentee ballots

More than 10 percent of all registered voters in North Carolina have already requested an absentee ballot for the November election, according to the State Board of Elections. That’s a 1,400 percent increase compared to the same time in the 2016 election cycle. The uptick in requests is attributed to concerns about voting in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to NC Policy Watch.

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

Click here to request an absentee ballot.

Curious about whether your ballot has been received? Ballottrax will tell you its status. The State Board of Elections website 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.

—NC Policy Watch