Oct. 22, 2012. The Civitas Institute, which touts itself as “North Carolina’s conservative voice,” has analyzed the voting numbers from the first day of One-Stop Voting and from the overall early voting process so far.
According to the State Board of Elections data, 150,872 people turned out to vote on the first day of One-Stop Voting.
“As in 2008, this year’s One-Stop Voting brought heavy Democratic turnout,” said Susan Myrick, Senior Elections Analyst for the Civitas Institute. “Yet the Democratic share of the ballots dipped slightly, as Republicans and unaffiliated voters increased their share of early voting.”
Civitas will continue to analyze the voter turnout numbers during the early voting period. To get your own first-hand look at the official statistics in a user-friendly format, visit NC Vote Tracker (www.ncvotetracker.com) for yourself.
Here’s how the vote totals and percentages of the vote by party compare:
Party 2008 (before 1-stop) 2012 (before 1-stop)
Democrat 15,780 28.88% 18,251 27.10%
Republican 30,048 54.99% 36,514 54.21%
Unaffil. 8,772 16.05% 12,467 18.51%
Lib 42 0.08% 120 0.18%
Total Vote 54,642 67,352
Party 2008 (after 1st day of 1-stop) 2012 (after 1st day of 1-stop)
Democrat 91,175 51.85% 105,659 47.30%
Republican 56,731 32.26% 77,675 34.77%
Unaffil. 27,849 15.84% 39,667 17.76%
Lib 83 0.05% 382 0.17%
Total Vote 175,838 223,383
The 2012-to-date numbers have more Democrats (105,659) voting than Republicans (77,675) or unaffiliated voters (39,667). But the total percentage of Democrats voting was down about 4-½ points from 2008. Republicans were voting at a rate of about 2-½ points higher, and the unaffiliated vote was about 2 points higher than in that year.
Every day, ncvotetracker.com updates State Board of Elections data and puts them into an easy-to-use format. NC Vote Tracker illuminates the voting by county, party, legislative districts, race and gender.
(Note: Hyde and Lee Counties were not included in the State Board of Elections data of the first day of One-Stop voting numbers.)
More information on the Civitas Institute is available at www.nccivitas.org, or contact Civitas Election Analyst Susan Myrick or Communications Director Jim Tynen at (919) 834-2099.