More than 1.1 million voters went to the polls between Oct. 23 and Nov. 1, according to data compiled by the United States Elections Project. It was a 34.7 percent increase from 2010, when about 858,000 people voted early.
A provision in the state’s 2013 voting law reduced the early voting period to 10 days, compared with 17 days in past presidential and midterm elections — though the total hours of early voting offered remained the same.
Tony Liu, vice president of UNC Young Democrats, said the group focused on getting students to vote early because N.C. Hillel, the closest early voting site to campus, was easy to access.
“We’re in the Pit bothering people, but there are results from bothering people,” he said.
Today, students who live on campus and are registered in Orange County will have to vote at their specific precinct. There are five different precincts for voters registered at addresses on campus.
Liu said members of Young Democrats will be on North and South Campus giving information about which precinct to students who have not yet voted should go to.
Of all early voters in North Carolina, 47.6 percent were Democrats, 31.9 percent were Republicans, 0.2 percent were Libertarians and 20.3 percent were unaffiliated. African-American voters, who have historically been heavy users of early voting, represented a quarter of all early voters.