Almost 11% (4,694) of Wilkes County’s 43,409 registered voters cast ballots in the first three days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) of one-stop, early voting.

The voter turnout in Wilkes increases to 17.5% with the addition of about 2,900 absentee mail-in ballots received at the Wilkes Board of Elections office so far.

The five-member Wilkes Board of Elections approved about 2,700 mail-in absentee ballots in its first six meeting held for that purpose and has about 200 more to review so far at its next meet Tuesday, said Wilkes Board of Elections Director Kim Caudill.

The one-stop-early voting total in Wilkes so far includes 3,038 at the Wilkesboro Civic Center on School Street and 1,656 at the Edwin McGee Natural Resources Center on Fairplains Road, North Wilkesboro.

Election officials said there have been no significant issues at the two local one-stop, early polling sites. At both sites, all but three or four people were wearing masks when they arrived to votes. Masks are available there for voters without them.

Statewide, 17.13% (1,248,886) of 7,292,471 registered voters cast ballots by 4:40 a.m. Saturday. This included 592,176 mail-in absentee and 656,710 one-stop, early voters.

By this point during the 2016 election, 321,699 North Carolinians had cast ballots in early, one-stop voting and 65,324 had voted by mail-in absentee.

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