Early voters set new record

Nov. 16, 2012 @ 12:53 AM

Voters who went to the polls on Election Day saw very little traffic, but Randolph residents who chose to cast their ballots early set a new record this year.

“Randolph County had more ballots cast during one-stop during the 2012 General Election than ever before,” said Melissa Johnson, county elections director.

Residents cast a total of 28,173 ballots during the One-Stop early voting period that lasted from Oct. 18 to Nov. 3.

Despite the unusually high early turnout, which resulted in lines at some One-Stop sites, Johnson said she and her poll workers believed the locations were adequately staffed.

A high number of voters registered during the early voting period.

“More than 1,000 people registered during One-Stop,” Johnson added.

All total, there were 60,914 ballots cast in the 2012 General Election in Randolph County, which has 91,501 registered voters, for a voter turnout of 66.57 percent.

Turnout was slightly higher in the 2008 election — 68.49 percent — because even though there were fewer registered voters, Johnson continued, the number of those who cast ballots was higher.

Locally, the highest voter turnout was in the Trinity East precinct, where 642 out of 2,299 registered voters, or 27.93 percent, cast ballots. The lowest local precinct turnout was in Archdale 3, with only 890 out of 3,631 voters (24.51 percent) casting ballots.