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Pitt County leads early vote totals

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By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Pitt County voters led the pack in the first three days of early voting in the special 3rd Congressional District primary currently underway.

Pitt County had 886 people vote in the first three days of early voting, which begin on April 10. Pitt County, which is divided between between the 3rd and 1st congressional districts, has 61,648 voters registered in the 3rd District.

Onslow County had the second largest voter turnout, with 543 people casting ballots in the first three days. Onslow County has 98,845 registered voters and is solely located in the 3rd Congressional District.

Only three counties in the 3rd Congressional — Lenoir, Currituck and Dare — offered early voting on Saturday. Information on the number of votes cast on Saturday was unavailable and it is unclear how that turnout may change the rankings.

Pitt County Elections Director Dave Davis said voting slowed locally on Monday. Davis said he expected turnout would slow down this week, which typically occurs the second week of early voting, but will pick up next week as the early-voting period ends.

Early voting continues through April 26. The primary is on April 30.

A special election is being held because long-time congressman Walter B. Jones Jr. died in early February, leaving the seat vacant.

The Pitt County early voting site is the Community Schools and Recreation Building at Alice F. Keene Park, 4561 County Home Road. It is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Thursday and April 22-26. No Saturday or Sunday voting is taking place. The Pitt County early voting site, along with other county government locations, is closed this Friday because it’s Good Friday.

Below is a county-by-county breakdown of early voter turnout.

Beaufort: 333

Camden: 63

Carteret: 539

Chowan: 84

Craven: 507

Currituck: 109

Dare: 153

Greene: 110

Hyde: 8

Jones: 29

Lenoir: 321

Onslow: 543

Pamlico: 52

Pasquotank: 240

Perquimans: 68

Pitt: 886

Tyrrell: 31

Total: 4,076

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