Election Director: ‘It’s been a pretty smooth day’

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About an hour before the polls closed for the 2015 Municipal Elections, nearly 7,600 voters had cast ballots in New Hanover County. That’s according to the unofficial numbers provided by 30 county precincts Tuesday evening.

Elections Director with the New Hanover County Board of Elections Derek Bowens said that while the numbers did seem a bit on the lower side, he hoped the last of the voters would help the numbers rise by the close of the polls.

Bowens said so far, the day had gone well for voting places across New Hanover County.

“We went out to a couple of precincts [today], and put up additional signage at one precinct…just to help facilitate [and] assist voters. Other than that, it’s been a pretty smooth day,” Bowens said.

According to early voting numbers, more than 1,400 voters cast their ballots in New Hanover County during the One-Stop Voting period, which ran from Thursday, Oct. 22 through Saturday, Oct. 31.

In Brunswick County, Elections Director Sara Knotts said the inclement weather had not slowed down voters at the county’s 22 open precincts for the municipal elections. Unofficially, more than 10,100 voters had cast ballots across the county by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Knotts said the more recent numbers are proportionate to what was anticipated with some places having a higher turnout than expected – such as the St. James Plantation and Magnolia Greens precincts – while others had a lower turnout.

The polls closed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday across North Carolina. Follow the link to view the 2015 Municipal Election results in New Hanover County or Brunswick County.

All numbers and election results are unofficial until the canvass on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Port City Daily is covering races for three open seats on Wilmington City Council, town council and mayoral elections in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, as well as mayoral races in Southport and Oak Island. Check back later for election results.