Voter registration in North Carolina increased by over 122,000 voters leading up to the 2018 election, despite it being a midterm with no gubernatorial or federal races aside from the U.S. House of Representatives.
As of Aug. 4, North Carolina had 6,970,461 total registered voters. As of Nov. 6, the total rose to 7,092,686.
Thomas Eamon, a political science professor at East Carolina University, said he has never seen this much interest in a midterm election — both across the country and in North Carolina.
“The amazing thing about North Carolina is that not only is it not a presidential year, but we are not electing a governor, and we aren’t electing a U.S. Senator,” Eamon said. “You would simply expect the interest level and participation level to be down, but instead it is substantially higher than it has been in any midterm election.”
Eamon said he has observed more public information leading up to this election, possibly because of the current political climate and its mobilizing effect on voters.