On Nov. 2, 2021, many municipal elections will take place in North Carolina, including some in Wake County. While Raleigh’s mayoral and city council elections have been rescheduled for 2022, several other cities in Wake County have mayoral elections, as well as elections for town council or board of commissioners. For a full list of elections taking place on Nov. 2, visit the NC State Board of Elections (NCSBE) website.
Positions elected in municipal elections have an impact on everyday life. While federal and state governments have influence over major legislation and country- and statewide matters, local elected officials are “responsible for the city’s daily operations” according to the Campus Election Engagement Project. The city budget, city laws and zoning and development practices are all within the purview of local elected officials.
In the first set of NC municipal elections on Oct. 5, only 9% of voters turned out. Municipal elections are generally the least voted in elections compared to presidential or mid-year elections. In order to vote in a municipal election, a voter must live in the municipality for at least 30 days before the election. More information about voting in the upcoming municipal elections can be found on the NCSBE website.
By Olivia Slack, Co-Editor in Chief