The Importance of Local Elections

While voter turnout in the North Carolina tends to run close to 70% in presidential election years, this number drops dramatically in non-presidential years.  Only 44% of the registered voters in the state voted in 2010.  The number drops even more precipitously in local elections in an off year like 2013.  In 2011, for example only 21% of those registered, voted.  Yet these municipal elections are extremely important.  They determine leadership at the local level controlling important decision-making about public schools, local regulations, future planning, sewer/water, and taxes, among other things, that are important to the quality of life in an area. Continue reading