NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - As the popular saying goes, "every vote counts," and when it came to Tuesday's municipal elections that was the case for several towns.
Returns from several local races Tuesday showed the difference between winning and losing came down to just a few votes.
The closest was in Tabor City where a referendum deciding whether certain restaurants would be allowed to sell liquor tied. If that total doesn't change during the vote canvass, the referendum will not pass. The unofficial voter turnout there was 16 percent, much lower than in 2011.
In the Pender County Town of Watha, four votes made the difference in getting a seat on the town council. During this year's election, unofficial results show only half the number of votes were cast compared to the last election. That's a 17 percent voter turnout this year.
It was much larger turnout in the Village of St. Helena, at 28 percent, according to unofficial results. Five votes there made the difference when it came to getting a seat on the town council. A write-in candidate Robert Barnhill won the second open seat on the council with just 35 votes.
Five votes also made the difference in Carolina Beach. Unofficial results show that Dan Wilcox won with 747 votes, while Bob Lewis lost with 742. Election officials say there was a 29 percent voter turnout in Carolina Beach, while it may seem low, it was higher than the average for all of New Hanover County which was about 12 percent for Tuesday's election.
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