Voter turnout increases for 2017 municipal elections

Voter turnout increases for 2017 municipal elections
Voter turnout was up in nearly all Wilmington-area counties in 2017, compared to municipal races in 2015.

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.

Brunswick County and Columbus County saw more modest gains in turnout. In Brunswick County this election season, 23.2 percent of voters cast ballots, compared to 22.9 percent two years ago. Columbus County saw the slightest of increases, 19.6 percent turnout in 2017 is up from 19.5 percent in 2015.

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.

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