In 2012, an amazing 56% of all votes cast in Mecklenburg County were cast during early voting. No proof of ID was required, and the law requiring ID for 2016 was thrown out by Federal judges.
So how does it work, and what are the protections against fraud?
Early voting starts October 20th. Mecklenburg County has a population a little over 1 million people, 800,000 of whom live in Charlotte.
For the first week, 10 polling locations are open 8AM-7PM, with hours on Saturday and Sunday. For the next 10 days, 22 polling places are open.
At 1 PM on Saturday, November 5th, Early Voting ends.
In 2012, 251,003 people voted Early (out of 448,500 total), plus an additional 29,126 absentee ballots. The final day, 20,800 people voted, meaning about 945 people per voting location, or about 80 people per hour per polling location.
Regular voting was at 195 precincts or about 1,000 people per precinct, so the final day of early voting will have roughly the same quantity of voters.
When Republicans swept into power in the state government, they tried to impose the racist voter ID requirement, along with the racist prohibition on straight ticket voting (which requires you to be able to read names) – the latter was challenged in the courts but not overturned, so for those voters going from precinct to precinct to vote 50 times, it will be more time consuming.
Given my stamina issues, I will try to vote early. How early? – not sure. Who to vote for? No clue. I’m pretty sure I won’t be voting for Senator Burr, the incumbent Republican Senator – he has been bombarding me online with messages about how he will get more money to the state for military spending to go kick ISIS butt, about the worst thing you could pitch. Buried in the mountain of Podesta emails with Hillary is the direct statement that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the ones funding ISIS. Shocking, I know.