Politics & Government

Big crowds for first day of early voting in N. Carolina

The opening curtain of early voting on Thursday drew six times the turnout of 2004 in Charlotte, when North Carolina voters last held primaries to help elect a president.

The catalyst: the close-and-bitter Democratic presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, with North Carolina looming as the possible showdown state. The May 6 ballot also offers a full slate of state contests, from governor on down.

"These are really good numbers," said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Elections Director Michael Dickerson, "and everything we do early means that you don't have to worry about it on election day."

Read the full story at Charlotte.com.