Elections will be held Tuesday that will shape the futures of Wake, Durham and Cumberland counties. Although the stakes are high, voter turnout is expected to be low.
The repurcussions of the Sept. 11 attacks may be felt nearly a month later and thousands of miles away at polling places around the Triangle. The attacks shifted attention away from Tuesday's elections. Experts say turnout could be unusually low.
"I'm hopeful that people will be reminded that what the terrorists couldn't destroy on Sept. 11 is our core democratic values, which is the most important thing about us," said John Gilbert of the Wake County Election Board.
Four Board of Education seats in Wake County, the mayor's office and seven city council seats in Raleigh are at stake in the elections. Primaries will be held in Durham and Fayetteville to narrow the fields for mayor and city council.