Voter turnout light in Charlotte mayoral, council primary

Voter turnout was light Tuesday night for Charlotte’s mayoral and council primaries, although more Charlotteans cast ballots this year than in the city primary in 2013.

With all precincts reporting, 8.73 percent of the city’s more than half a million voters had cast ballots.

That’s higher than turnout in the city primary in 2013, when 6.7 percent of voters went to polls.

Voting officials had anticipated the higher turnout, based on a jump in early voting. More than 9,600 people voted early this year. That was a 42 percent increase over 2013 early voters and a record for a municipal election.

Voters trickled into Charlotte precincts throughout the day. There were few, if any, voters to be seen at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in east Charlotte before 7:30 a.m. Students and staff arrived for school, but there was no wait to cast a ballot at Precinct 108.

The same was true at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Clanton Park in west Charlotte. Campaigners waving signs waited to greet Precinct 52 voters as they arrived, but few showed up. Louise Bryant, a Clanton Park resident of 47 years, was among those who did come out before 9 a.m.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson