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The most contentious has been the elections for seats on the Wake County School Board. Four of nine seats will be decided.
While most school board elections don't attract much attention, this year a battle over Wake County's diversity policy could mean a big shakeup on the board.
The current policy lets the school system shuffle students in an effort to achieve a better socio-economic balance. Opponents of the policy support a so-called 'neighborhood' school policy - keeping students closer to home.
Both sides are passionate.
"We are competing with people from all areas and all walks of life so we need diversity in all areas of Wake County. It is a system that is working. If it's not broken then I don't think we should try to fix it," offered diversity policy supporter Marion Robinson.
"This is not about racism this is about choice. This is about parental choice," countered diversity policy opponent Bill Randall.
But Wake County isn't the only area holding elections. Durham is picking city council members and Fayetteville and Raleigh are picking mayors.
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