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Voters Cast Ballots Tuesday in Local Elections

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RALEIGH — Tuesday may be an awkward day with numerous issues and too many candidates to name, but that may be the least of candidates' worries.

The polls open 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. The problem is that many people do not know who is up for election. Some people do not even know there is an election.

On the streets of Raleigh, the signs are there, but some people do not know much about the election.

"I know there's some type of voting," said one resident.

At theWake County Board of Elections, the staff has been busy with confused voters.

"They've been answering phones from voters who realize there is something going on tomorrow, but they're not sure what it is," said Connie Mitchell, board chairperson.

School board seats and city council seats are up for grabs, but one seat is drawing the most attention.

"Mayor's race. I'm concerned about that," said another resident.

With nine people who want to be Raleigh's new leader, names and faces can be overwhelming. Therefore, voters are starting with the issues.

"The top thing is education and dealing with children," said one resident.

"The school system still ranks pretty low in testing. I would like to see that improved," said one parent.

Tuesday, citizens are voting on mayor, all city council seats and five school board seats.

There are plenty of people and issues on the ballot.

In Raleigh, five Wake school board seats are up for grabs. Mayoral and city council elections are for keeps.

However, if a candidate fails to get 50 percent of the vote, there will be a November runoff.

Durham and Fayetteville residents will vote for mayor and city council members in a primary. Goldsboro is also holding a mayoral primary.

Counties where elections will be held Tuesday include Cumberland, Durham, Harnett, Nash, Person, Vance,WakeandWayne.

Polls everywhere open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

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Todd Hauer, Reporter
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