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Asheville voters head to the polls

The scene at the West Asheville Library on Election Day 2017. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Voters across the mountains are heading to the polls to cast their ballots in local elections.

Polls have been open in West Asheville since 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Voters who braved the rain said they believe selecting local representatives is an important duty, and they hope their vote makes a difference.

"I believe every election counts. Every election is important," Christopher Shaw said. "It is our right, our privilege as Americans to vote."

Asheville voters will see the race for mayor and city council on their ballots.

Esther Manheimer is running against Martin Ramsey for a second term as mayor.

There are three Asheville City Council seats up for grabs and six candidates are vying for them: Dee Williams, Kim Rhoney, Sheneika Smith, Rich Lee, Gwen Wisler and Vijay Kapoor.

A district referendum is also on the ballot. State legislators passed a law requiring the City of Asheville to be split into districts. Now city council members want to see if local residents support the idea.

To vote in this year's election, you do not need to provide a photo ID, but residents must vote at their assigned precinct. Click here to find out your voting precinct.

Polls remain open through 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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