North Carolina was a battleground state in the 2016 presidential election, and there’s no doubt that the candidates view North Carolina as a swing state this year. But the state’s population has shifted quite a bit over the last four years.
Carolina Demography has noted that even as North Carolina has continued to grow, new voter registrations suggests an overall move away from the two major parties. It’s also worth noting that a larger share of voters who have registered since 2016 are younger.
Here’s a closer look at North Carolina’s 2016 voting landscape compared to 2020:
2,189,316 – Number of votes cast in North Carolina in 2016 for Democrat Hillary Clinton (Source: Ballotpedia/North Carolina State Board of Elections)
2,362,631 – Votes cast for Republican Donald Trump
130,126 – Votes cast for Libertarian Gary Johnson
1.8 million – Number of voter registration forms filed in North Carolina since the 2016 general election
25 – Percentage of North Carolina voters who have registered since Nov. 8, 2016
42.3 – Percentage of new registrants who have registered as unaffiliated voters since the 2016 general election
29.9 – Percentage of new registrants who have registered as Democrat
26.5 – Percentage of new registrants who have registered as Republican
42 – Percentage of new voters who are under the age of 30
5 – Percentage of new registrants who identify as Hispanic
7,138,866 – Number of registered voters in North Carolina through Sept. 17, 2020
889,273 – Number of absentee ballots requested through the same time period
19 – Days remaining before the regular voter registration deadline (Source: https://www.ncsbe.gov)
37 – Days remaining to request an absentee ballot in North Carolina
25 – Days remaining before early voting begins Oct. 15
17 – Days between the start and end of same day registration and early voting, Oct. 15-31.
44 – Days until Election Day, Nov. 3.
1 – Number of times that a registered voter is allowed to vote in the general election