Polls Closed at 7:30 p.m.
The Wake County Board of Elections team is helping set expectations for how results will roll out for the remainder of Election night.
“Today has gone incredibly smoothly and we think it's partly a result of more than a quarter million of our voters taking advantage of early voting options,” said Gary Sims, Wake County Board of Elections Director. “I estimated about 60% turnout this election, which would be slightly higher than previous mid-terms, and with 45% having cast ballots by this afternoon, I think we're on pace to meet that once the polls close at 7:30 tonight."
The first unofficial results released tonight will be Early Voting and Absentee by Mail returns. There were 219,170 registered voters who voted early between Oct. 20 and Nov. 5 at 15 different locations. Those unofficial turnouts can be found here. Another 30,256 absentee ballots were received and were already approved by the Board during their official meetings over the past few weeks. Those results will also be shared sometime before 8 p.m.
Once all voters who were in line by 7:30 p.m. have cast their ballots, officials across Wake County’s 208 precincts will begin auditing and inventorying all items as they close the polling place.
Starting around 10 p.m., unofficial returns from today’s voting in Wake County will begin to populate here and will also be updated at the top of ReadytoVote.com.
Results are unofficial until a canvass is completed by the Board of Elections 10 days after Election Day on Friday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m.