|One-stop off and running- but turnout sparse|
|Thursday, 01 November 2007 19:00|
One-stop voting is going on through tomorrow- and, in Watauga, the turnout has been steady, Board of Elections director Jane Hodges says.
Just over 500 people have voted in the Boone runoff between incumbent Dempsey Wilcox and last month’s winner Liz Aycock so far. Blowing Rock, Beech Mountain and Seven Devils have had just over 70 combined early votes in their contested elections.
Sparse early voter turnout is a pattern throughout the High Country. Avery County Board of Elections reported approximately 70 early votes yesterday- 95 percent of which came from Sugar Mountain, BOE’s Bob Austin says.
While none of the mayoral races are contested in any of Avery’s municipalities, Sugar Mountain’s council race puts newcomer Nancy Crawford against incumbents Ed Hardin and Gunther Jochl.
Wilkes County had a total of just under 180 early votes yesterday, an almost even split between Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro voters.
Wilkes races are candidate heavy, with 9 candidates battling for 3 Commissioner spots in North Wilkesboro and 5 candidates fighting for 3 Council seats in Wilkesboro.
Caldwell County also reported just under 180 votes yesterday.
Contested races in Caldwell include Hudson, Sawmills, Rhodhiss, Cajah’s Mountain, Gamewell, Granite Falls and Cedar Rock Village.
Ashe County has no one-stop voting. While West Jefferson’s race puts 6 candidates vying for Aldermen spots, only three candidates are running for the two council seats in Jefferson. Lansing’s candidates are running unopposed.
One-stop voting ends Saturday and Election Day is November 6.
Tune into Aisling Broadcasting’s Election Day Special when the polls close for the latest up-to-the-minute results.
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