As voters waited to cast their ballots in Carrboro on Thursday, the first day of early voting in North Carolina, passing cars cheered and honked their horns. Despite wait times exceeding an hour, the mood among many voters at the Carrboro Town Hall precinct was enthusiastic.
Some voters brought chairs to sit and wait while others read books, worked on their computers or listened to music.
Kenneth Jordan, a physician, and Jeremy Essig, a comedian, discussed music and politics as they waited. Both Jordan and Essig said they were longtime Democratic voters and had often voted on the official election day.
“It was a tradition to vote on voting day. When my kids were young, I even took my kids to show them the process,” Jordan said. “So, it’s different this year because of COVID and wanting to get to vote.”
Essig said he used to live in Missouri, where they don't have early voting. He said he took advantage of early voting for the March primary as well.