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NC town with no candidates counts write-in votes

Nov. 10, 2011 at 5:10 a.m.


TAR HEEL, N.C. (AP) - One North Carolina town won't let a lack of candidates stand in the way of democracy.

Voters in the Bladen County town of Tar Heel cast their ballots this week. All the election's votes were write-in votes because no one registered to run for office.

The rural town of about 117 residents has four part-time elected positions. Bladen County Board of Elections officials say there were clear winners in all the races, with about 10 names being written in by voters.

Officials now have to make sure that the top vote-getters live inside town limits and are willing to accept the jobs.

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