Despite what critics of the election reform changes of the 2013 long session have been saying, the North Carolina State Board of Elections authenticated the results of the May 2014 Primary Election and show an increase in the voter turnout rate. The chart above shows that there was an increase in the number of voters from the last midterm election in 2010. The changes from last session's legislation did not reduce the number of hours open at the polls, but compacted them within a shorter number of days. In fact, the early voting participation increased 34% over the 2010 primary election.
The overall turnout rate rose from 14.4% in 2010 to 15.8% in May 2014. Early voting is still a popular option for North Carolina voters, and we intend to keep access to this important vehicle in our election process. As you can see from the voting spread, compacting the early voting saves the county and state funds while still allowing more access to early voting than most other states.
The information and graphics above are from the North Carolina State Board of Elections May Primary Authentication Press Release