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Fayetteville Voters Turning Out in Large Numbers

Posted November 4, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Folks are heading to the polls all over the Triangle, but in Fayetteville they are turning out in surprisingly large numbers for an off-year election.

Many Fayetteville polling sites had more than 300 people come in before noon. Last month, the primary brought out 17,000 people. Poll workers are hoping just as many vote today.

Fayetteville voters are deciding on a new city council. The current council became clearly divided when five of the nine members voted to fire long-term city manager Jim Smith. Voters now appear to be divided, as well.

Anne Adams of the board of elections says this is basically a one issue race.

Some say the same issues that divided the city council are keeping some away from the polls. Voter Edward Baldwin told WRAL-TV5'sTerri Grucahe thinks interest is low.

Curbside voting, for those who for some reason cannot get out of their vehicles, is available at the Cumberland Community Foundation. Workers will bring ballots out to the vehicles.

Polls across the area will remain open until 7:30 p.m. WRAL-TV5 will have full election coverage during evening newscasts and you can also find election results here at WRAL OnLine.