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Originally published: 2013-11-04 12:15:10
Last modified: 2013-11-04 12:15:55

Early voting numbers up

by Anna Oakes

The number of people voting early in this year's municipal elections has exceeded the totals of the past two local elections, according to the Watauga County Board of Elections office.
Elections Director Jane Hodges said 1,154 people had voted as of 1 p.m. Saturday, when the early voting period ended. 
That's more than the 2011 election, when 434 voters cast their ballots early. Boone's Town Council race was uncontested that year.
In 2009, 878 people voted early; every local race was competitive except the Blowing Rock mayor's seat.
This year, every municipal race is competitive except in Seven Devils, where three incumbents are running for re-election to three open seats on the town council.