On Tuesday, voters will again head to the polls for the final match-up between incumbent Democratic Mayor Dan Clodfelter and candidate Jennifer Roberts.
The two were the top vote getters in the Sept. 15 primary. Roberts pulled in the most votes, but came shy of avoiding this second primary. (See my past coverage here.)
Local outlets are reporting that just a small sliver of eligible voters are likely to head out to the polls tomorrow — meaning your vote will carry more weight in deciding who our next mayor likely will be.
Election officials say as few as 12,000 voters could cast ballots in Tuesday’s runoff between Democrats Dan Clodfelter and Jennifer Roberts. The winner will go on to face Republican Edwin Peacock.
That would be 3 percent of the 385,519 Democrats and unaffiliated voters eligible to vote. If that many show up, it would be more than voted in three of Mecklenburg County’s last four election runoffs.
If you’ve ever been tempted to think your vote never matters, tomorrow is the day when you will be proven wrong. I encourage you to go out and vote. With low turnout and likely no lines, it’ll take a mere few minutes. Plus, you’ll have just one button to push — either for Clodfelter or for Roberts.
Here are some things you need to know:
Polls are open all day: Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and stay open until 7:30 p.m. As long as you’re in line or present at 7:30 p.m., you can vote. With more than 12 hours of polling, you’ll have the time to vote. Work first shift? Vote after work. Second shift? Vote before work. Third shift? Go home, sleep and then go vote. Need a ride? Ask a friend or two. If you’re eligible to vote, there’s no excuse.
Who can vote: If you’re a Democrat, you can vote whether or not you voted in the Sept. 15 primary. If you’re unaffiliated, you, too, can vote so long as you did not vote in the Republican primary on Sept. 15. Libertarians and Republicans cannot vote.
[Note — The original version of this stated that unaffiliated voters had to have voted in the Democratic primary on Sept. 15. This is incorrect and has been updated. If you are unaffiliated you can vote on Tuesday, so long as you did not vote in the Republican primary on Sept. 15.]
Where to vote: Click here to check your voter registration. The results will show exactly where your polling place is.
Who to vote for: Well, this is your decision, but there is some information that can help you.
First, some recent news and background on where the candidates stand:
- Charlotte Observer report card on Clodfelter-Roberts debate
- Charlotte Observer on candidates’ leadership styles
- Charlotte Observer: Candidates spar over education, economic development
Second, some recent endorsements: