Amid rising concerns about the security of electronic voting nationwide, small towns in North Carolina are facing an additional problem at the polls: the high cost of voting. Voters in Columbia, N.C., population 890, cast their ballots this month for town aldermen. The two incumbents were running uncontested. Only 32 people voted in an election that cost local taxpayers about $6,000, said Columbia Town Manager Rhett White. Lucy Papachristou, News & Observer.
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