PENDER COUNTY -- Election Day is Tuesday and the Pender County Board of Election's director is expecting a large voter turnout. Dennis Boyles expects nearly 90 percent of registered voters to head to the polls in the eastern half of the county. Pender County officials are busy making sure all twenty polling locations are prepared for this year's elections. Board of Elections Director Dennis Boyles expects a record number of voters to exercise their rights and have their say in several key issues. Boyles said, "Some of the major conflict in the election this year are the incorporation of Hampstead. You've got people in the eastern part of the county trying to form a town." Some residents think Hampstead is fine the way it is. Others disagree. Pender County resident John Rau said, "I think those people need a central government for themselves. Being a resident of Pender County is one thing, but they have special needs that they need taken care of." Only people who live in the Hampstead footprint will vote on incorporation. However the land transfer tax is a county-wide issue. Pender County Commissioner David Williams said, "It's a four-tenths of one percent tax that we as county Board of Commissioners chose to put on the ballot and intend to take all the proceeds from that and put it towards school capitol construction." Some residents don't like the commissioners' proposal. Rau said, "I think the county is trying to run itself on the back of the homeowners and I disagree with that policy. They've already taxed us to the point that it's too expensive to live in Pender County." Pender County resident Amy Plunk said, "One of the things encouraging me to go out and vote is to vote against the home tax. I don't think that that's a good tax for our residents." No matter which way you vote, commissioner David Williams says it's just important to get out and do it. Williams said, "If you don't get out and vote it doesn't really give you much of an excuse to complain about things if you don't voice your opinion and let us know what's going on and let us know what you want to do." The polls open at 6:30 Tueday morning and will close that night at 7:30. Remember, that Pender County schools will start two hours late tomorrow due to the election traffic at school polling places.
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