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At Charlotte Event, Clinton Urges North Carolina To Vote Early

Clinton speaking at UNC Charlotte Sunday
Nick de la Canal
Clinton speaking at UNC Charlotte Sunday

Hillary Clinton staged a doubleheader in North Carolina Sunday, beginning the day with supporters in Raleigh, then traveling to Charlotte, where several hundred people were squeezed into an outdoor plaza at the University of North Carolina Charlotte to hear the presidential candidate speak.

Clinton arrived shortly after 6 p.m. and spoke for about 30 minutes, talking about her plans to create jobs, reduce the cost of prescription drugs, and reform the criminal justice system. She also poked fun at herself, saying, "I'll admit, maybe it's  kind of a woman thing -- we make lists," eliciting cheers and laughter.

She also urged her supporters to take advantage of early in-person voting, which began in North Carolina on October 20 and extends through November 5.

Many in the crowd had already cast their ballots. Some had voted as recently as Sunday morning, and were still sporting "I Voted Early" stickers.

Some attendees, like Ashley Pavic who came to the event with her friend Allie Valder, had attempted to vote early, but were unsuccessful.

"We were going to vote last week, but the lines were heinous," said Pavic, "so we're going to vote on Monday together."

Local election officials say they're aware of long wait times at some polling sites - some voters reported having to wait up to three hours. More sites are scheduled to open in many parts of the state over the next two weeks. The number of polling sites open in Mecklenburg County will nearly double on Thursday.

A complete early voting schedule for Mecklenburg County is available here.

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WFAE's Nick de la Canal can be heard on public radio airwaves across the Charlotte region, bringing listeners the latest in local and regional news updates. He's been a part of the WFAE newsroom since 2013, when he began as an intern. His reporting helped the station earn an Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news coverage following the Keith Scott shooting and protests in September 2016. More recently, he's been reporting on food, culture, transportation, immigration, and even the paranormal on the FAQ City podcast. He grew up in Charlotte, graduated from Myers Park High, and received his degree in journalism from Emerson College in Boston. Periodically, he tweets: @nickdelacanal
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