Amanda McKenzie reports from Guilford County and Julie Fertig reports from Wake County
RALEIGH -- Election Day is just a little more than two weeks away, but you can already go out and make your vote count. Early voting begins Thursday in North Carolina.
Voting officials say they expect an even larger early voting turnout this year than what they saw back in 2008. In North Carolina, people have the opportunity to cast their vote over a two week period, which officials say is becoming more and more popular because of the convenience. It can save a lot of time and hassle from standing in long lines on Nov. 6.
There's also some good news for those eligible voters who missed the registration deadline last week. You can register and vote at the same time during early voting. All you have to do is go to your local early voting location and show your I.D. with your name and current address.
This is only possible through early voting. You will not be able to register on Election Day. With that in mind, you may want to get to the polls as soon as possible to have your voice heard. But voting early doesn't necessarily mean no wait at the polls.
"There are times when we will experience long lines during early voting, so the best time is to avoid the peak hours, which is early in the morning and late at night," said Tim Tsujii.
Early voting ends Nov. 3. If you want to know when and where you can vote during early voting, visit the State Board of Elections website.