Polls are open as voters across Eastern Carolina select municipal leaders.
There are several high profile races that are driving people to the voting booth. Early voting turnout in one county topped 25%.
In Greenville, incumbent Allen Thomas is up for re-election as mayor, while challenger Tom Best is making his first try at political office. At 10:00 a.m., 2952 people had voted in Pitt Couny, compared to 2561 in 2011 at the same time.
New Bern's incumbent mayor opted not to seek another term and that set up a six-person race last month. Two aldermen, Sabrina Bengel and Dana Outlaw were the top two voter getters, forcing today's run-off election.
Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy's last minute decision to seek another term set up a three-man race. Murphy is being challenged by retired city manager Ralph Clark and John Marks, who is a Kinston minister.
Several referendums and bond issues are also greeting voters at the polls today. In Onslow County, there is a school bond issue, while Pitt County voters are being asked to approve a bond to benefit Pitt Community College.
There are many other mayoral races here in Eastern Carolina, as well as contests for council seats.
Polls remain open until 7:30 p.m.
Early voting, which ended Saturday, was very busy in several counties. Craven County reported 25.26% of registered voters turned out early, Lenoir County with 10% and Pitt County had a 5.31% early voting turnout.
To find out if you are registered and where your polling place is, click here. You can also look at your sample ballot by filling out the Voter Information form.
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