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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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The Hate-Free Schools Coalition sponsored an emergency press conference in front of the historic Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough on Aug. 10 to call for stricter gun reform.

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The Hate-Free Schools Coalition sponsored an emergency press conference in front of the historic Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough on Aug. 10 to call for stricter gun reform.


The Hate-Free Schools Coalition sponsored an emergency press conference in front of the historic Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough on Aug. 10 to call for stricter gun reform.

hillsborough rally

The Hate-Free Schools Coalition sponsored an emergency press conference in front of the historic Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough on Aug. 10 to call for stricter gun reform.


The storefronts of Sup Dogs and what was Tama Tea have been shattered. According to the Town, it seems no one entered the building, but instead through chairs to shatter the glass. Photos by Anna Pogarcic & Erin O’Rourke.

Sup Dogs Broken Door

The storefronts of Sup Dogs and what was Tama Tea have been shattered. According to the Town, it seems no one entered the building, but instead through chairs to shatter the glass. Photos by Anna Pogarcic & Erin O’Rourke.


The storefronts of Sup Dogs and what was Tama Tea have been shattered. According to the Town, it seems no one entered the building, but instead through chairs to shatter the glass. Photos by Anna Pogarcic & Erin O’Rourke.

Sup Dogs Broken Door

The storefronts of Sup Dogs and what was Tama Tea have been shattered. According to the Town, it seems no one entered the building, but instead through chairs to shatter the glass. Photos by Anna Pogarcic & Erin O’Rourke.


The storefronts of Sup Dogs and what was Tama Tea have been shattered. According to the Town, it seems no one entered the building, but instead through chairs to shatter the glass.

Tama Tea Broken Window

The storefronts of Sup Dogs and what was Tama Tea have been shattered. According to the Town, it seems no one entered the building, but instead through chairs to shatter the glass.


Chancellor Carol Folt announces why UNC is partnering with United Health Foundation. Gary Marchionini, dean of the UNC School of Information and Library Science, left, Gov. Roy Cooper, right, and UnitedHealth Group CEO David Wichmann, far right, were also in attendance for the announcement. 

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Chancellor Carol Folt announces why UNC is partnering with United Health Foundation. Gary Marchionini, dean of the UNC School of Information and Library Science, left, Gov. Roy Cooper, right, and UnitedHealth Group CEO David Wichmann, far right, were also in attendance for the announcement.