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Election Officials Ready, Even if Voters Aren't

Posted October 6, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— If you don't know or don't care about Tuesday's municipal elections across the Triangle, you're not alone. Election officials say voter turn-out is way off for local races, especially in October.

Durham voters have a chance for a new start with that city's incumbent mayor stepping down. Five eager candidates are spreading their word on race relations, growth and crime. Even so, around 80 percent of registered voters are expected to stay away from the polls. But there's at least one Bull City voter, Joan Huberman, who says she won't miss this one.

In Wake County, the hottest thing on the ballot appears to be the school board race. Seven candidates are going after two seats.

Raleigh resident Windsor Satterfield says he'll vote for safer schools.

Wake County election official Cherie Poucher says the sad thing is as interest grows in the Triangle, it's not growing at the polls.

The polls open Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.