Today is Election Day for municipal races in Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro, with polls closing at 7:30 p.m. Local election officials expect to know results by around 8 p.m. today.
At the North Wilkesboro Fire Station, where voters are deciding who will fill three of the five North Wilkesboro commissioner seats, 131 people had voted by 1:30 p.m. today.
By 2 p.m. today at the Wilkesboro Civic Center, 200 ballots had been cast in the race for Wilkesboro mayor and two of the four town councilman seats.
At West Wilkes Middle School on N.C. 16 North, polling place for parts of Wilkesboro in the Cricket, Millers Creek and Reddies River precincts, three people had voted by 3 p.m. today. Although single digit voter turnout is expected, Wilkes Board of Elections Director Kim Caudill said this additional polling place is required by law for these separate precincts.
Caudill said 156 Wilkesboro residents and 128 North Wilkesboro residents cast ballots for a total of 284 in this year’s one-stop, early voting, from Oct. 14 to 5 p.m. Friday.
With the addition of absentee ballots turned in by 5 p.m. Friday, voter turnout totals were 180 in Wilkesboro and 151 in North Wilkesboro when polls opened this morning.
There are now 2,187 registered voters in North Wilkesboro and 2,129 in Wilkesboro.
Early voting totals in the 2017 municipal elections were 128 in Wilkesboro and 139 in North Wilkesboro for a total of 267. Early voting in the 2015 town elections drew 372 voters, including 192 in Wilkesboro and 180 in North Wilkesboro.
In 2017, North Wilkesboro had a 20.8% turnout with 460 out of 2,211 registered voters casting ballots. In Wilkesboro, 430 out of 2,099 registered voters cast ballots for a 20.4% turnout. In 2015, there was a 31% (617 voting) turnout in Wilkesboro and a 25% turnout (530 voting) in North Wilkesboro.