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Duke early voting station processes record 1138 voters on a busy Halloween, stays open late today

As reported earlier by The Chronicle's Zachary Tracer, this Thursday saw the largest single-day turnout of early voters at Duke's West Union voting location to date. But, yesterday--Halloween Friday--topped Thursday's 924 by over 200, when 1138 voters passed through the Old Trinity Room's doors. See Zachary Tracer's afternoon post for a spiffy graph of Duke and Durham's turnout.

Today, Saturday, November 1, the voting location processed 907 voters, a number that we expected to be higher. Why? Well, today was people's last chance to early vote, so we expected to see a high turnout from both lazy voters and those who couldn't vote during the regular work week. Also, Durham County election officials decided to extend voting hours today by four hours, from 1PM to 5PM.

For a complete summary of Durham County's seven early voting locations' numbers, click here (PDF). As you can see, almost 100,000 voters voted early in Durham alone. If 2004's presidential election results are any indication, around 70,000 of those votes will be for Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama. We tried to find Wake, Orange, and Currituck Counties' early voting numbers online, but could not. Do any readers know if and where that information is available?

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