NC lawmaker wants to do away with primary runoffs

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina lawmaker says it's time to get rid of primary runoffs because they cost too much and few voters turn out. 

State Rep. Elmer Floyd tells The Fayetteville Observer (http://bit.ly/WEZWSJ ) he plans to introduce legislation to abolish runoffs. 

State Elections Director Gary Bartlett says only 222,000 of the state's more than 6 million voters cast ballots in last year's primary runoffs. Those elections cost the state $7 million or about $32 for every vote cast. 

The Fayetteville Democrat says the system has bothered him for 20 years. 

Under state law, a second place finisher may request a runoff if no candidate in the primary wins at least 40 percent of the vote.  Floyd would do away with the 40 percent requirement in favor of winner-take-all primaries.
 

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