Few voters show up

Few voters show up

Staff WritersNovember 9, 2005 

Tuesday was Election Day, but many people didn't seem to care.

Triangle boards of election expected anemic turnout. And voters did what was expected.

No major statewide elections were on ballots. Instead, cities and towns across the state as well as the Triangle voted on new leaders and some places held referendums on spending and taxes.

As of 2 p.m., 31 people had voted at North Cary Baptist Church on Reedy Creek Road, which logged nearly 900 voters during last year's presidential election.

Matt McKrell, who was overseeing the Wake County precinct, said he and the other poll workers had started a pool to guess how many people would vote.

McKrell said he wagered on 35 when he arrived to work Tuesday morning, but hoped they'd now surpass that.

"It's small elections, the local races, where you make a difference," he said.

In Knightdale, Norma Bryant cited civic duty as she cast her ballot for the town council before an afternoon of golf.

"I feel like we need to do our part, voice our opinion," said Bryant, 62, a self-styled "domestic engineer."

In Durham, Purvis Daye, who works at Duke University's housekeeping department, came out to support the $18.5 million street improvements bond.

"It's a lot of potholes and stuff," said Daye, 47, "and they need to be fixed."

At Chapel Hill's First Baptist Church on North Roberson Street, four poll workers had handled just 52 voters by 11:45 a.m.

"We've eaten quite a bit and talked and solved the world's problems, or at least started on them," said Ila Sanders, a precinct judge.

At 11:50 a.m., voter 53 arrived. Walter Young, 39, said he votes every year. "It's a good thing to do," he said. "I think some [races] are going to be close."

Staff writer Bonnie Rochman can be reached at 829-4871 or brochman@newsobserver.com.

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