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Early Voting Turnout Up Across NC

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Jared Brumbaugh
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The North Carolina Board of Elections reports over 79,000 registered voters have cast ballots through the first weekend of early voting.

Interest in the Democratic primary appears to be running high, with nearly 44% of ballots cast so far cast by registered Democrats, who make up about 36% of registered voters. Republicans, who make up nearly 30% of registered voters, have so far cast about 29% of early ballots.

Early voting continues through Saturday, Feb. 29. Photo ID is not required to vote in the primary.

George Olsen is a 1977 Havelock High School graduate. He received his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1982 where he got his first taste of non-commercial radio working for their student station WUSC. After graduation he worked about five years in commercial radio before coming to work at Public Radio East where he has remained since outside of a nearly 3-year stint as jazz and operations coordinator at WUAL in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the early 1990s. On his return to eastern North Carolina he hosted classical music for Public Radio East before moving into the Morning Edition host position and now can be heard on All Things Considered. He also hosts and produces The Sound, five hours of Americana, Roots Rock and Contemporary Folk weekday evenings on PRE Public Radio East News & Ideas, and is a news and feature producer for Public Radio East.