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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