GREENSBORO, N.C. -- On the first day of early voting, Democrats outnumbered Republicans at the polls by more than 5 to 1, based on statistics from the Guilford County Board of Elections.

According to Elon University political expert, Dr. Jason Husser, Republicans have been more likely to show up for early voting than democrats in previous years.

Husser had a few different explanations for the change in party turnout.

"One, is that it could be there are more early voting locations in urban centers, which means there are more Democratic voters likely to show up," Husser explained. "It could also be because early voting was encouraged when voter ID was on the books. Or it could simply be that Donald Trump is not that popular among a lot of voters."

Party turnout was similar in Forsyth County, where about 4 times as many registered Democrats voted compared to Republicans.

Husser said it's important not to get too excited or disappointed by these early voting numbers because a lot could change by the election.