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Saturday September 18th

N.c. Board Of Elections



A recount completed on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 officially confirmed UNC senior Tai Huynh has taken incumbent Nancy Oates' seat in the race for Chapel Hill Town Council. 

After a recount, Oates is out, Huynh is in

Per Orange County election law, non-prevailing candidates within one percent may request a recount after results are certified at the Board of Elections’ canvas meeting. After requesting a recount of the Chapel Hill Town Council race, incumbent Nancy Oates will finish her term on Dec. 4, and UNC student Tai Huynh will join the Council.

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Chapel Hill Town Council candidate Tai Huynh (far right) speaks at the UNC Young Democrats' Local Candidates Panel in Manning Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Also pictured are council candidates Jessica Anderson (far left), Nancy Oates (center left), and Renuka Soll (center right).

Oates to request recount in Chapel Hill Town Council race

Incumbent Chapel Hill Town Council candidate said she will request the Orange County Board of Elections conduct a recount. The Board met Friday for their canvas meeting to certify the results of the Nov. 5 municipal and school board elections. Three candidates — Oates and challengers Sue Hunter and Tai Huynh — stood at around 13 percent of the vote after certification. The recount will be conducted next Thursday.

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UNC student and Chapel Hill Town Council candidate Tai Huynh celebrates at a local election watch party on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.

Here's why voter turnout for this year's local election fell since 2018

Voting turnout is always high during state and national elections, but the elections where voter turnout arguably matters most — local elections — often suffer.  This was the case during the Orange County elections, where turnout dropped dramatically this year. Considering the predicted upset for Chapel Hill Town Council, the election could have very easily gone another way if more people had voted. What is the reason for the low turnout?

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