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Primary Voting Underway
Voting is light in Asheville as the primary election for the Asheville mayor's race is underway.
News 13 crews saw only two people at one polling place over a half-hour period, and that appears to be the story through 10 a.m. this morning.
According to precinct judges around the city, just over 1% of the city's 67,000 registered voters have stopped by a polling place this morning.
Election directors say that's often the case with city elections.
Trena Parker, Buncombe Co. Elections Director, "there's only one race on the ballot, so that is pretty much to be expected, there's only three candidates in that race, so it's a municipal election, normally we get about ten percent turnout for the City of Asheville in an election of this sort."
Jane Hildebrand, voter, "I don't think people realize that it's starts with that first vote, and then it goes on up into November, but it's very important to me."
Not included in that 1-percent turnout figure are 1,067 votes cast in Buncombe County's early voting for the primary.
Hendersonville voters are also shying away from the polls. A light turnout is being reported there.
We'll have more on the primaries coming up later today on News 13 and results of all today's races this evening.