While Orange County is heavily populated by young people, its elections don't often see those young people voting.
According to unofficial data from the Orange County Board of Elections, only 78 voters age 18-25 have voted as of Wednesday.
Gerry Cohen, a former Chapel Hill Town Council member and member of the Wake County Board of Elections, said he hasn't noticed much fluctuation in the pattern of young people voting over the last few elections.
“Students tend to not turn out in heavy numbers in municipal elections because they don’t see a connection in community elections,” he said.
He said he thinks this might be because municipal elections don't have as much promotion as presidential elections, which have televised debates.
Cohen said when a student is running and when the campaigns are more focused on students, the student turnout can be higher.
“The older students get and the more time they spend in Chapel Hill, the more likely they are to register to vote and to actually vote," Cohen said. "More professional students seem to register than undergrad."
He said students may be more likely to vote if they have more information about the election and how to actually register.
First-year Kacy Cole said she is looking forward to voting in this year's municipal elections.