September 15, 2006 at 8:04 PM EST - Updated July 27 at 12:09 PM
WILMINGTON -- Friday was the last day for Wilmington residents to register to vote in the special election in October.
According to election officials, 67,000 Wilmington residents had already registered to vote.
Voters in Wilmington will decide who will fill an open seat on the city council, vacated by Bill Saffo after he was promoted to mayor.
The board of elections emphasized that it was very important that citizens register to vote in the special election.
"These people represent you -- you can tell these people how you feel," said Marion Nease, interim director of elections in New Hanover County. "If you don't vote, you won't be able to tell anyone how you feel and they won't be able to represent you."
Registration material postmarked by Friday would be accepted.