Marriage Amendment spurs primary voter turnout

May 8, 2012

The Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman is the one issue that doesn’t have to wait until the November general election to be decided. 

And it’s what WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn heard again and again at the polls in Wilmington this afternoon. 

No, I wouldn’t normally be coming for a primary.  I don’t really know much about the candidates running.”  

So what spurred the turnout? 

“I’m mostly just voting on the amendment.”   

“To vote against Amendment One.” 

“Primarily to vote against Amendment One.”   

“School Board and also the Amendment vote.” 

This afternoon, the Cape Fear Community College polling location saw a steady stream of voters.   Chief Judge Marilyn McKinney says turnout is, so far, impressive for a primary.  The polls are open until 7:30 this evening. 


WHQR will offer live hourly updates tonight beginning at 7 and wrapping up when all the precincts have reported.  Tune in for full election results tomorrow on Morning Edition.