Thousands in Wake get no say in schools election

October 5, 2011 12:06:25 PM PDT
The makeup of the Wake County School Board has been a highly controversial local issue over the past few years, yet thousands of Wake County voters who didn't get a say in the 2009 election won't get a say in next week's elections either.

They can thank redistricting.

Because of it, some voters who were represented on the board by a seat that was not up for election in 2009 have been moved into a district that's not up for election this year.

For example, a substantial chunk of Ron Margiotta's District 8 was moved into District 9. Margiotta didn't have to run for reelection in 2009, and District 9's Debra Goldman is not running this time.

Redistricting is mandated every ten years, and Wake has seen such uneven growth since 2000 that officials had no choice but to move some voters around to split the county into nine roughly equivalent school board districts.

Elections officials tell ABC11 that roughly 15,000 voters who didn't get a say in 2009 won't get to vote again on Oct. 11. It's a hard number to calculate because you have to account for people moving into and out of the county.

To put that number in perspective, Wake has about 600,000 registered voters.

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