NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - As the popular saying goes, "every vote counts," and when it came to Tuesday's municipal elections that was the case for several towns.
Returns from several local races Tuesday showed the difference between winning and losing came down to just a few votes.
The closest was in Tabor City where a referendum deciding whether certain restaurants would be allowed to sell liquor tied. If that total doesn't change during the vote canvass, the referendum will not pass. The unofficial voter turnout there was 16 percent, much lower than in 2011.
In the Pender County Town of Watha, four votes made the difference in getting a seat on the town council. During this year's election, unofficial results show only half the number of votes were cast compared to the last election. That's a 17 percent voter turnout this year.