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Early voting steady on opening day

Election officials reported long lines at polling places Thursday on the first day of early voting.

Mecklenburg County elections director Michael Dickerson said around 200 people had lined up at Morrison Regional Library by the 10 a.m. start of voting.

“We’ve had a good turnout,” he said. “Some sites have had lines on the first day. Some sites have not.”

Dickerson said the steadiest turnout was at the regional libraries that typically see heavy voting. All together, the county has 21 sites, six more than in 2010.

A total of 367 sites are open throughout North Carolina through Nov. 1.

In Mecklenburg County, voting each day begins at 8 a.m. at the Central Piedmont Community College Facilities Services building, 1325 E. Seventh St. Other sites open at 10 a.m. All close at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, sites are open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Jim Morrill