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Nearly 47 percent of all North Carolina registered voters have already cast their ballots

Nearly 47 percent of all North Carolina registered voters have already cast their ballots
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Almost 47 percent of all registered voters in North Carolina have cast their ballots a week before Election Day, according to figures from the state board of elections.

More than 3.4 million ballots have been cast in the Tar Heel State, including 805,956 cast by mail, as of 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

North Carolina allows voters to register and cast their ballots in the same day at "one stop" early in-person voting sites across the state. Early voting will continue through Saturday.

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Those looking to vote absentee have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, to request an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can be returned by mail, or returned in-person at early voting sites through Oct. 31.

Absentee ballots returned after early voting ends must be submitted in-person to the voter’s county board of elections office by 5 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3.

No special circumstances are needed to vote by mail in the state. 

North Carolina is a key battleground this year, with Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE holding a narrow 1.2-point lead over President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE in the RealClearPolitics polling index. Trump won the state in 2016 by 4 points.

The state is also home to a fierce Senate race, with Democrat Cal Cunningham challenging incumbent Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general GOP senators demand probe into Cuomo's handling of nursing home deaths CNN anchor confronts GOP chairman over senator's vote to convict Trump MORE (R). Recent public polls have shown the pair tied or within single digits of each other.

Voter turnout across the country has seen record highs this year, with nearly 67 million Americans having already cast their mail-in ballots or voted in person as of Tuesday, according to the U.S. Election Project.