As of the end of Oct. 17, over 41,000 North Carolinians have cast their vote through absentee ballots.
According to state data, the number of absentee voters for the 2022 midterm election has significantly increased compared to the number from the 2018 midterm election.
“I would describe (absentee voters) as probably the most partisan of voters because they've known for a very long time who they're going to be voting for,” Michael Bitzer, chairperson of the Catawba College Politics Department, said.
According to data from the North Carolina State Board of Education, more than half of the requests for absentee ballots are from women.
Registered Democrats made over 47 percent of absentee ballot requests through Oct. 17, while registered Republicans made less than a sixth of them.
Bitzer said some registered Democrats, specifically women, are voting in the midterm elections due to the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade. He also noted that inflation is another concern pushing some people to cast their ballot.
Bitzer and Gerry Cohen, an adjunct instructor at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, both said it’s too early to draw any conclusion from absentee ballot results and people should not read too far into the data.