Nov. 3, 2012. While there was talk of record-breaking early vote totals across the state, Watauga County fell significantly short of early vote totals from 2008, where nearly 19,000 residents voted before Election Day.
After the last poll closed on Saturday at 1 p.m., Watauga County Board of Elections Director Jane Hodges said that 15,318 people, including those who mailed absentee ballots, voted.
“We are pleased, very pleased,” Hodges said of the number of voters, some who braved the storms early in the week to cast their ballots.
Early last week during the winter weather, Hodges stated that the bad weather affected voter turnout “big time” and at the beginning of early voting, she mentioned that she hoped early voter turnout would exceed 60 percent of the registered voters in the county.
That, of course, didn’t happen. Only about 34 percent of the 44,000- or-so registered voters voted.
Here’s a breakdown of the totals at each of the three early-voting sites:
Watauga County Courthouse: 9,393
With the staff of Watauga County Board of Elections gearing up for Election Day, Hodges said she was too busy to breakdown the party affiliation of the voters for High Country Press.
However, Civitas Vote Tracker can shed some light on the 13,336 voters that went to the polls on or before Nov. 1.
According to Civitas, 34 percent of those voters were Democrats, 33 percent were Republicans and 32 percent were unaffiliated.
70 percent of the voters tracked by Civitas resided in the Town of Boone. Residents of Blowing Rock, Vilas, Banner Elk, Sugar Grove and Zionville accounted for 25 percent of the early voters.
If you haven’t voted yet and are registered to vote, there’s still time. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
All voting places in Watauga County will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Below is a listing of all the precincts.
Precincts Open on Election Day:
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