UPDATED: Many Counties Not Extending Early Voting Hours Saturday

An order to keep early voting locations open longer Saturday is meeting with some resistance here in Eastern Carolina.

In an emergency meeting Thursday, the State Board of Elections ordered all 100 counties to keep early voting sites open for an extra four hours this weekend unless local officials unanimously decide it is unnecessary.

Already Beaufort, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pitt, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties say they will not stay open later, and will close their voting locations at 1:00 p.m. Saturday.

Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Martin, Pamlico and Tyrrell counties say they will stay open until 5:00 p.m.

The state issued the order after Mecklenburg and Guilford counties sought permission to keep the sites from closing at 1 p.m. as scheduled.

The decision to alter the early voting highlights the remarkable turnout and long lines seen across the surprise swing state since early voting began two weeks ago.

More than 1.7 million people -- or 30 percent of registered voters -- cast a ballot at one-stop sites through Wednesday night.

Several counties told WITN News that their election boards would be meeting Friday morning to decide what action to take.

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  • by Miss D Location: right here on Nov 2, 2008 at 10:51 AM
    UM---How about some counties can't afford to stay open longer? How would you like to have your hours extended on a Saturday without pay? No matter who you vote for---don't blame the county---blame finances. If you have some EXTRA money I am sure that counties would have extended their hours. Thank you.
  • by jason on Nov 2, 2008 at 07:55 AM
    ??? if you want to talk about cheating you'd better refer back to the presidential races 0f 2000 and 2004 when gwb won because brother jeb and sec of state katherine harris ordered the polls stay open in florida when it was discovered that gwb was losing, but the moment he grabbed a one point lead they ordered the polls closed even though there were sufficient 3's at the polls to swing the race the other way. Didn't think you wanted to talk about it too long. Mccain\palin mavericks? how about the 2 biggest jokes in politics? that sounds better describing those two
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Nov 1, 2008 at 11:39 AM
    Unless one is psychic, he/she has no idea who is out there working. It wasn't necessarily all of the people who are working at the polls who voted against keeping them open later; it was the elections boards. However, people did have plenty of time to early vote and if they didn't by 1 or don't by 5, then it is no one's fault but theirs.
  • by Poll workers family.... on Nov 1, 2008 at 11:12 AM
    Someone in my immediate family runs the polls in my county. Just FYI - you guys do NOT know the amount of work and B.S. they have to do outside of just voting people. Not only they "normal work" they do but they also have to weed out felons and those who are trying to vote more than once - how in the HECK can people not know the PHYSICAL address where they live? This is what poll workers are dealing with. Since the polls have to stay open until 5 today - my family member will have to work tomorrow (so that's 7 days a week) to get ready for Tuesday. So ya'll who think it's "unbelievable" ... get a grip and see what its really like to work there and working with the public is for the birds (ya'll wouldn't believe what she's seen!!!). 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. 5 days a week for 2 months straight is UNBELIEVABLE (especially with the $hitty pay they are getting).
  • by Anonymous on Nov 1, 2008 at 08:35 AM
    To all those complaining about the polls not staying open an extra few hours when they have already been open for 2 weeks now...here's an idea....VOTE ON ELECTION DAY !!!!!!
  • by Sally Location: Washington on Nov 1, 2008 at 06:32 AM
    To all of you that think they should keep the polls open late, Why don't you get out there and work at the polls or get out there early and vote. You can run your mouth but you are not out there working. It is easy for you to complain when you are not the one that has to work late. I voted early and everyone knew when the last day was to early vote. Wow, some people are just stupid.
  • by Blog Refuter Location: NC on Oct 31, 2008 at 02:02 PM
    They act like having to stay 4 extra hours is a big deal. I could see if they had to stay until 10:00 at night.
  • by Phil on Oct 31, 2008 at 01:58 PM
    reason for closing early could be a money issue it does cost money to keep the poles up and running and by extending it that means more money.
  • by Joe on Oct 31, 2008 at 12:13 PM
    Socialists !
  • by J Location: williamston on Oct 31, 2008 at 10:00 AM
    2 things here. 1. Why would I vote anyway? The electorial college could virtually eliminate my vote. In what other country could a candidate win the overall popular vote but get screwed out of the presidency because of a system like the electorial college. Now, number 2. People have had 2 weeks to vote. If you haven't voted by now too bad. Workers have been working constantly since the early polls opened, now you want them to stay over 4 hours on a Saturday. Whatever. I hope Martin County shuts up shop at 1:00.
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