Almost 3,000 cast early votes across Hoke County

In this Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, stacks of ballot envelopes waiting to be mailed are seen at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

2,977 voters cast ballots in early voting in Hoke County for this week’s primary, according to numbers from the North Carolina Board of Elections.

Early voting began Feb. 15 and finished last Saturday, March 2.

The primary was held Tuesday, when voters are required to report to their designated precinct in order to cast a ballot. A photo ID was also required for all voting in the primary.

Hoke County has 33,729 registered voters according to the state, reflecting a 8.8 percent early turnout — just behind the 9.3 percent turnout seen statewide, with 694,591 ballots cast out of 7,468,149 eligible voters.

Of the approximately 34,000 voters in Hoke County, some 13,800 are registered Democrat, 7,400 are registered Republican plus 12,000 unaffiliated. In North Carolina, unaffiliated voters can choose to receive a primary ballot from either party.