Early voting ballots hit record high in Charlotte races

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Mecklenburg County officials say a record number of votes were cast for a municipal election during early voting ahead of Tuesday's city primaries for mayor and city council.

Mecklenburg County elections director Michael Dickerson tells The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/1UN6G3f) that 9,407 early voting ballots were cast in early voting that ended Saturday, compared to 6,254 cast two years ago for city primaries.

Six people are running for mayor, including the appointed incumbent, Dan Clodfelter. Fellow Democrats opposing Clodfelter are city council members David Howard and Michael Barnes and former county commission Chair Jennifer Roberts.

Former council member Edwin Peacock and Charlotte businessman Scott Stone are running for the GOP nomination. 

Clodfelter is a former state senator appointed as mayor when Patrick Cannon resigned after being arrested on federal corruption charges.