Runoff bust: No one voted in two local precincts
Not a single vote was cast in the runoff from the Gibbs Woods precinct in Currituck County and the South Fork precinct in Tyrrell County. The other two precincts were in Wake and Guilford counties.
While Tuesday’s second primary in North Carolina did not have the lowest turnouts for a statewide runoff, it wasn’t all that far from the record set four years ago.
Of 6,158,561 registered North Carolina voters, only 220,761 (3.58 percent) participated in the second primary, which cost $7.5 million in state and county funds to conduct.
Runoffs were held for nominations for five statewide offices, the most in modern N.C. history, along with three U.S. House seats, four N.C. Senate seats, and two state House seats.
That includes the Republican nomination for the N.C. House sixth district seat, covering Dare, Hyde, Washington and part of Beaufort counties.
Gary Bartlett, executive director of the state Board of Elections told WRAL-TV (click link for full story) the Legislature needs to change the requirement that a candidate get 40 percent plus one vote to win a party primary.
“During my 20-year period, the voters have basically not participated in second primaries,” Bartlett said, adding the most people to vote in a runoff during his tenure was 8 percent.
Of 14 northeastern N.C. counties, Beaufort had the highest percentage turnout (6.05 percent), and Pasquotank the lowest (1.37 percent).
In Hyde County, 4.62 percent of voters cast ballots, 3.46 percent in Dare County, but just 1.75 percent in Currituck.
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