RALEIGH — North Carolina voters are back out at the polls. One-stop polling places are opened throughout the state, giving voters an opportunity to have their voices heard if they don’t want to wait until May 8 to cast their ballot.

One week in to this process, more Democrats are taking advantage of this voting option, but not by much.

“We’re not seeing a significant tide,” said N.C. State political science professor Andrew Taylor. “We are seeing roughly the same proportion of both parties. And this is as to be expected. 2012 is going to be a close year.”

Because it is so close, the polls are being closely monitored this primary season.

A lot of the attention is focused on the one issue which will be finalized when the polls close on May 8, whether or not to add the so-called marriage amendment into the state’s constitution.

“We’ve seen in our polling and all of research, that we definitely perform better with Democrats than we do with Republicans,” said Jeremy Kennedy with Protect NC Families. “We are encouraged by the increased Democratic turnout in early vote.”

Advocates and opponents of the amendment know that every vote will matter in the outcome of this ballot initiative.

Poll numbers have consistently shown voters support this proposal, but recent polling shows that support waning slightly.

Advocates shrug this off and say a victory still all comes down to getting their voters out to the polls. They said they believe the more ballots that are cast the wider their margin of victory will be.

“We have been waiting to preserve marriage in our state and chance has finally come,” said Rachel Lee with Vote For Marriage NC. “And North Carolinians are excited to come out and vote for marriage and we are thrilled that there has been a lot of enthusiasm surrounding early voting because that’s only going to help our efforts to preserve marriage between one man and one woman in our state.”

Even with more than 100,000 voters already heading to the polls, that is still less than two percent of the total registered voters for the state.

Activists said that is more than enough opportunities for campaigns to still convince voters to support them.