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By Peter Vankevich
Following a trend throughout the country, Ocracoke had a high turnout with 161 ballots cast in last week’s two-day early voting.
By contrast, in this year’s May 8 primary, only 13 islanders voted during the island’s two early voting days.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6, and the Ocracoke polling place in the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department on Irvin Garrish Highway will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
According to Hyde County Elections Office Director Viola Williams, as of closing yesterday, 193 have voted early on the mainland.
Here’s the county breakdown so far for early voting: 206 Democrats, 41 Republicans, 104 Unaffiliated and three Libertarians.
Williams reported 11 same-day registrations–one Democrat, three Republicans and seven unaffiliated.
Ocracoke residents who missed these two days on the island can travel to Swan Quarter during this early voting period and either vote early or register and immediately vote in the Hyde County Elections Office, 1223 Main St., Swan Quarter week days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.