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Election Officials Ready, Even if Voters Aren't

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

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

In Wake County, the hottest thing on the ballot appears to be the schoolboard 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 asinterest grows in the Triangle, it's not growing at the polls.

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

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