In 2008, part of Obama’s victory in North Carolina could be attributed to his campaign’s ability to get out the vote. This year, even more people are taking advantage of the state’s early voting, so much so that state officials are calling on county workers to find ways to cut down on lines.
As of Tuesday, about 720,700 had voted. This is 22% more than 2008.
Such solutions to the long lines caused by increased voter turnout would include extending hours and adding weekend hours. However, country workers argue that providing staff for longer hours would become a problem.
No matter how counties in North Carolina address the problem, one thing is for sure–unexpectedly high voter turnout in a key swing state is a good problem to have. People are taking action in choosing the future leader of the free world.