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New Hanover County voters on why they came out to the polls

New Hanover County Public Library's Northeast branch is a polling location for the midterm elections.
Grace Vitaglione
New Hanover County Public Library's Northeast branch is a polling location for the midterm elections.

Election day is today – and polls are open until 7:30pm. Here’s what some residents said about their reasons for voting today.

Many voters at the polls today said they feel strongly about their civic duty, and making their voices heard.

Catherine Pittman said she had one reason for voting in particular.

“To get the Republican Party back in power," she said. "I just think that overall the economy and gas prices and just everything that's happened in the last few years has been really bad.”

Brian Terlep said a significant race for him is school board.

“I think this year in particular, our school board candidates are going to be particularly important. I have a son that's school age and a newborn daughter, so that's probably the big one," he said.

Pendleton Bell said bettering the school system is a big issue for her as well.

Many voters said the tradition of voting on election day is important to them - and that it’s more exciting than early or mail-in voting.

Polls close today at 7:30pm, and if you’re in line at 7:30, you’re still eligible to vote. Be sure to check your voter registration for the polling location where you must go to vote today.

And just a reminder, even if news outlets call a race or candidates concede or declare victory, local election results aren’t official until Friday, November 18. State level races are finalized on November 29.

Grace Vitaglione is a multimedia journalist, recently graduated from American University. I’m attracted to issues of inequity and my reporting has spanned racial disparities in healthcare, immigration detention and college culture. In the past, I’ve investigated ICE detainee deaths at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, worked on an award-winning investigative podcast and produced student-led video stories.