In North Carolina, early voting has begun under tightened rules

Starting Thursday, October 15, early voting in the state can be held in person.

Early face-to-face voting kicked off in North Carolina on Thursday. In this key state, President Donald Trump and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris have scheduled campaign events for this day.

Trump will speak in Greenville, and Harris was supposed to visit Charlotte and Asheville. Still, due to the identification of coronavirus patients in her environment, the Senator canceled all planned trips for the next few days.

Due to the pandemic, there is an increased interest in early and absentee voting in many States. According to the United States Election Project, more than 16 million people had already voted by Wednesday evening, including 500,000 in North Carolina. This is about 10 percent of the turnout recorded in this state in the 2016 election.

Now that you can also vote at precincts in North Carolina, this figure is likely to increase: in other States, with the start of early voting, voters came to vote in record numbers.

Previously accepted ballots in the state were sent by mail. Mail-in voting rules vary from state to state, and in North Carolina, a court on Wednesday changed them: now every absentee ballot must be certified by a witness who identifies the voter. The court ruled that from now on, voters who did not certify their ballot will not be able to correct the situation retroactively – for example, by sending a written statement about it.