Judge's race to use 'instant runoff'

The Associated PressAugust 31, 2010 

— North Carolina voters will get to use a rare method for choosing an elected official in the November election.

Eight candidates have filed to run for a Court of Appeals seat vacated recently by Judge Jim Wynn. A special one-week filing period ends this afternoon.

The winner will serve on the state's intermediate appeals court for the next eight years.

Voters must use instant runoff voting when so many candidates run for a vacancy close to Election Day. The voters rank their top three candidates in order of preference. Second-place votes are counted if no one gets a majority of first-place votes.

Candidates include Cressie Thigpen, whom Gov. Beverly Perdue chose to replace Wynn through December, and former Court of Appeals Judge Doug McCullough.

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