New voting system in Pender County

Reported by Kristy Ondo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Hundreds of people turned out to vote in an extremely close election in Topsail Beach.  Six people were vying for three commissioner seats.

With only one precinct reporting, Julian Bone, Greier Fleischauer and Ed Broadhurst won the seats.  Incumbent Bobby Humphrey missed by just three votes.

In Surf City, two council seats were on the ballot with Doug Medlin and Michael Curley both winning re-election ahead of challenger Marti Quinn.

A little further northwest, incumbent Mayor Kenneth Cowan slid past challenger Elaine Tyson in the race for Burgaw's mayor.  Cowan was originally appointed to the mayor position and was elected during the last election.

This will be Cowan's second full term as mayor and he says there is a lot of unfinished business he's ready to persue.

Pender County has a new way of looking up voters on Election Day.  The county was one of five places in North Carolina that tested a new computerized system that can look up every registered voter in the area. The new system is faster and more user-friendly.

The new system can look up voters by name, address, and even birthday.  People running the polls said the computer system helped voters vote more quickly.

*Winners are in bold

Burgaw - Mayor
Kenneth T. (Pete) Cowan (I)
Elaine B. Tyson

Topsail Beach - Commissioner (Vote for 3)
Julian Bone                     
Ed Broadhurst               
Grier Fleischhauer
Bobby Humphrey (I)    
William Johnson            
Ray Strader (I)

St. Helena - Council (Vote for 2)
Neil Benton                   
Jimmy Davis
Jim Milam

Surf City - Council (Vote for 2)
Michael H. Curley (I)     
Doug Medlin (I)
Martha (Marti) Quinn

Watha - Commissioner (Vote for 3)
Joseph Craig                                  
Amos David Garriss Jr. (I)          
Needham C. Hall                           
James F. Pierce (I)

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