WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Voter turnout for the 2017 Municipal Elections increased in nearly all counties in the Wilmington area, according to results posted on the North Carolina State Board of Elections website late Tuesday night.
The biggest increases came in New Hanover and Pender counties. New Hanover County saw a close race for three seats on Wilmington City Council, along with contested mayoral races in Wilmington, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. The voter turnout was a reported 14.5 percent, up from the 10.4 percent in 2015. In Pender County the turnout of 26.1 percent was highest among the five counties, up from 22.08 percent in 2015 Municipal Elections.
Bladen County had the only decrease in voter turnout, from 23.5 percent in 2015 to 22.8 percent this year.
The statewide voter turnout for the 2017 Municipal Elections was 16.7 percent, compared to 13.6 percent in 2015.
The votes totals are unofficial until they are canvassed on Nov. 17.