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Voters Elect To Pass on Polls

Posted September 14, 1998

— At Eastgate Park in North Raleigh, a little more than 1 percent of eligible voters showed up to cast their ballots. By noon, 20 people voted. But poll workers say voter apathy is not the only problem. More people showed up to vote, but were unable.

A court-enforced redrawing of the congressional districts has left many people confused about when to vote, and where to vote. Others didn't know if they were supposed to vote at all, because many candidates ran uncontested.

One of the most watched races is the redrawn 1st District. Democrat Eva Clayton hopes to hold onto her Congressional seat. Her opponent is Linwood Mercer. The Republican nomination is a three-way race between Duane Kratzer, Jerome Power and Ted Tyler.

In the 2nd District, incumbent Bob Etheridge has no Democratic opposition. So, only Republicans need to vote in that primary.

Walter Jones Jr. is the lone Republican in the 3rd District. But, the Democrats need to elect a challenger.

Democrat David Price faces Ralph Mckinney in the 4th District. There's only one Republican candidate.

And in the 7th District, only Democrats need to vote. The GOP has no candidate on the ballot.

Fewer people at the polls does not mean the price tag will be smaller. "It will cost a lot. It's going to cost the county and taxpayers an awful lot of money for these few people," said Hettie Robinson, a poll worker.

In Wake County, the primary will cost between $75,000 and $100,000 since Wake is one of the more populated counties in the area.

Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. For questions, contact your local County Board of Elections.


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