10,000 North Carolinians vote absentee in first week

Nearly 10,000 North Carolinians had their mail-in ballots accepted in the first week of voting, according to data released Friday by the State Board of Elections.

Of the 10,380 absentee ballots returned since counties sent them out last Friday, 9,966 have been accepted. North Carolina was the first state in the country to send absentee ballots to voters who requested them.

The accepted ballots represent about 1% of the number requested and an even smaller fraction of the state’s 7.1 million…

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