UNION COUNTY — North Carolinians swarmed polling places on the first day of early voting on Thursday (Oct. 15). According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, more than 333,000 voters casted ballots. As of Thursday, the board believes the number of voters this year may be more than the one-day early voting record from 2016, which was 304,000, per their Twitter account.

In Union County, the local board of elections reported having 7,224 voters at the end of the day on Thursday. Three polling stations — Marvin Ridge, Monroe High School and Wesley Chapel VFD — reported more than 1,000 voters each on the first day.

Early voting sites opened at 8 a.m. and by 1 p.m., local officials processed 2,821 voters.

According to NC State Board of Elections, as of 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, nearly 553,000 mail-in ballots had been accepted. “Combined with early voting numbers, more than 782,000 North Carolinians have already voted in the general election, about 11% of registered voters,” the Board states.

In-person early voting ends on Saturday, Oct. 31, and Election Day is Nov. 3.