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Election Officials Aren't Expecting Crowds

By Catherine M. Welch

Wilmington, NC – Despite some hot races, area elections officials aren't expecting a flood of voters for today's mid-term primary election.

Open state House and Senate seats, sheriff's races, incorporation, and proposed sales tax hikes are on ballots across the region, yet area election officials say early voting wasn't slammed. Pender County saw a 5% turnout, New Hanover County, 3%.

Factoring in the expected rain, Pender County says it will likely see a 10% voter turnout, that's down from the typical 16% for mid-term primaries. New Hanover County predicts a 13% turnout.

New Hanover County Elections Director Bonnie Williams says her biggest concern today is that the humidity could cause problems with scanning paper ballots.

The polls open at 6:30 this morning, and close at 7:30 tonight.

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