The first day of early voting in Pitt County started off slow but ended with a pretty big turnout.
By the end of the day Thursday 425 people had voted. That compares to 176 on the first day of early voting for the last municipal election two-years ago.
Pitt County Elections Director Dave Davis only expects about 3,000 of Pitt County's 114,000 registered voters to take part in early voting.
The early voting runs through November 2nd.
One-stop, early voting kicks off Thursday for more 2013 municipal elections.
Many cities and towns across the east have contested races, including the mayoral run-off in New Bern.
In Onslow County, voters will consider a bond which would funnel cash toward replacing Richlands Elementary, Dixon Middle, and large scale maintenance like roof replacements.
Education decisions continue on ballots north as Pitt County voters weigh in on a $19.9 million bond to support Pitt Community College.
Election day is November 5th.