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KERNERSVILLE, NC — Voters in Kernersville waited one to two hours around mid-day to cast votes early Wednesday. That made the Kernersville Library the busiest voting station in all of Forsyth County.

The state requires each county to have at least one place to vote early. Forsyth County has seven, but elections director Rob Cofdman said locations in Kernersville and Clemmons were experiencing lengthy wait times.

Coffman says it’s not as easy as opening up more voting stations because that requires more money.

“It is a funding issue. We have a budget, and we have to stick to it,” said Coffman.

For Forsyth County to add more polling locations they’d have to get approval from the local elections board, then train those people. That might not even happen in time to get more people in place by election day.

“Early voting was never meant to replace election day. It’s a form of absentee voting,” Coffman said.

Coffman actually guessed lines would be relatively short on election day, as more than 11,000 people had voted early in Forsyth County as of Tuesday evening.

Eight more early voting stations open Monday, bringing Forsyth County’s total to 15 locations.