NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT)- In order to have a say in who your local town and city leaders are, you have to show up and cast your vote. However, New Hanover County Board of Elections officials have said the municipal elections have a classically low turnout, year after year.
In 2011, 14,478 voters total cast their ballot in the New Hanover County municipal elections, with early voting to include absentee by mail taking up 2,500 of those votes.
So far in 2013, New Hanover County has pulled in 2,385 total through early voting and absentee by mail.
"The ballot this year is fairly small, with most of your opposition in Carolina Beach with the mayoral race happening there and also for the council," said Board of Elections Director, Marvin McFadyen.
For the election, out of the 155,000 registered voters in the county only about 90,000 people qualify to vote.
"We'll be lucky to see 15% total turnout in this election, which is comparable to 17% in 2011," said McFadyen.
The municipal elections in New Hanover County include the towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach and the City of Wilmington.
Polls are open from 6:30a.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you are in line at 7:30 p.m. you will be allowed to vote. There are 27 precincts out of the 43 in the county that will be open Tuesday. 7 of those precincts are different than last year.
When you show up to vote, just state your name and physical address.
You can head to http://www.ncsbe.gov/ "my polling place" for more information on where you should vote.
Be sure to check out the WECT Politics section to read more about candidates running for election across the Cape Fear area.
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