RALEIGH, N.C. -- Polls have opened in North Carolina where primary voters dissatisfied with government have a chance to change direction.
Voting for a series of federal and state posts began at 6:30 a.m., Tuesday, with polls scheduled to close at 7:30 p.m.
Forty-six-year-old Sue Meier of Wilmington was one of the early voters, saying she mostly was concerned about local issues. But Meier says she doesn't like Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Burr. She wouldn't say which Democratic candidate she chose.
About 170,000 voters cast a ballot in early voting that ended Saturday, roughly one-third the number that appeared for the presidential primary two years ago. State Board of Elections director Gary Bartlett says he's been disappointed by the turnout and hopes Tuesday brings higher participation.
Appeals court and legislative seats also are on ballots.
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