Nearly 700 people cast early ballots Friday and Saturday continuing to show that the popularity of this primary election is high.

After 472 people opened the polls on Thursday, 371 people turned out Friday and another 321 turned out Saturday to make their picks.

Many primary elections this year in Orange County will decide the general election due to the fact that few republicans are on the ticket in the Democrat-heavy county. For example, six democrats are running for Orange County Sheriff.

The Board of Elections headquarters in Hillsborough took over as the most popular location with 231 votes during the two-day span.

Monday not only starts the first full week of early voting, but Saturday is the final day to cast your ballot early since recent legislation cut the early voting length down to nine days.