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Turnout low, but better than last time

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All systems have been running "teriffic," Elections Director Mike Ashe said this afternoon.

Except for voter turnout, that is.

Participation in today's municipal election for mayor and three City Council seats has been low, Ashe said, but better than the Oct. 6 primary in which only 4.36 percent of Durham's registered electorate turned out.

By about 1:45 p.m., the polling place at Forest View Elementary School was far ahead of its primary total, with 243 ballots in compared with just 182 last month.

By 3:10, 61 voters had been through the process at Brogden Middle School, well past the 54 who turned out last month; and Edison Johnson Recreation Center had seen its 85th ballot cast. That was one more than the total voting there in the primary.

At midafternoon, several precincts appeared on track to beat their primary numbers. The N.C. School of Science and Math, historically one of the city's busiest precincts, saw its 123rd voter around 2:20; its primary total was 148.

The Forest Hills Clubhouse had seen 151 voters by 1:45, closing in on its October total of 151, and at the same time St. Stephen's Episcopal Church had had 150, compared with its primary total of 187.

"Democracy is having a great day," Ashe said.





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Jim Wise is a Durham News/N&O reporter and columnist who follows city and county government land-use and neighborhood issues. He's author of "Durham: A Bull City Story" and "Durham Tales: The Morris Street Maple, the Plastic Cow, the Durham Day That Was and More ... "