ASHEBORO — Voting turnout for next week’s primary appears to be well ahead of the pace for a similar voting cycle in 2018 if Randolph County voters are any indication.
In the first seven days of early voting, there were a total of 3,990 voters to turn out among the four voting sites in the county.
That left more than a week remaining for voters to cast ballots in advance of the May 17 primary.
In 2018, there were 14 days for Randolph County voters to cast ballots in one-stop early voting. Four years ago, 6,376 voters took advantage of that voting method. That year, there were three locations for early voting in the county.
This year, among the first seven days of early voting, more than 500 voters showed up each day other than for Sunday, May 1, when there were abbreviated hours.
In 2018, there were a total of four days when more than 500 votes were cast in the entire 14-day slate of early voting in Randolph County.
Again this year, there are 14 days for early voting in the county. The period for early voting ends at 3 p.m. Saturday. The locations are the Randolph County Board of Elections office on North Fayetteville Street in Asheboro, Braxton Craven School gym in Trinity, Randleman Civic Center and Franklinville United Methodist Church.
On primary day, voters must vote at their designated precinct.
There are various local, state and national races, including narrowing the field for a U.S. Senate seat.