Election 2019

Voters went to the polls on Nov. 5, 2019, to decide who will lead Charlotte and surrounding municipalities. In Mecklenburg County voters were also asked to decide on a quarter-cent sales tax to help fund the arts, parks and recreation and education. In Davidson and Mooresville, voters were asked to approve the sale of Continuum, the towns' cable and internet system. In Davidson, voters were asked to decide on a bond to help pay for public facilities. In Pineville, voters were asked to decide whether to increase the number of positions on the Town Council from four to six and whether to create electoral voting districts.

Chris Miller / WFAE

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

Voters rejected a sales tax increase to help the Arts & Science Council overcome its fundraising struggles. A post-election recap of the sales tax defeat, and who voters picked for city hall and the school board.

Mecklenburg County wasn't the only place with important races on the ballot on Tuesday. Voters in Gastonia sent two new faces to City Council, while in South Carolina, York will have a new mayor for the first time since 2002. 

Dashew, De La Jara and Shipp
WFAE

Incumbent Elyse Dashew and newcomers Jennifer De La Jara and Lenora Shipp won at-large seats on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board Tuesday.

Davidson Mayor Rusty Knox and town manager Jamie Justice talked to voters about the $14 million public facilities bond and sale of Continuum cable and internet company, both on Davidson's 2019 election ballot. (David Boraks photo)
David Boraks / WFAE

Two mayoral races outside Charlotte - Matthews and Huntersville - saw lively debates over whether the towns should act on legislation that allows them to open their own charter schools.  

Cecilia Ramirez and Mary  Hopper
Michael Falero / WFAE

Voters in Mecklenburg County went to the polls Tuesday to choose leaders of local cities, towns and the second largest school district in North Carolina. Additionally, on the ballot was a quarter-cent sales tax to benefit arts, parks and greenways and education.

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Voters in Anson County were asked to decide Tuesday on numerous local elections.

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Voters in Rowan County were asked to decide Tuesday on numerous local elections.

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Updated at 2:45 a.m. ET Wednesday

Democrats had a strong election night on Tuesday, leading the race for governor in Kentucky and taking back full control of the Virginia legislature for the first time in nearly a quarter century.

Julie Eiselt and Vi Lyles
WFAE

Updated 11:20 p.m.

In the Charlotte City Council at-large race, mayor pro tem Julie Eiselt led the way to reelection with 23.9% of all votes Tuesday. Braxton Winston narrowly led James “Smuggie” Mitchell for the next-highest vote total, with Winston recording 22.07% while Mitchell had 22.04%.  Dimple Ajmera was in fourth with 20%.

That is based on all 195 precincts reporting.

Voters in Union County were asked to decide Tuesday on numerous city leaders, including Indian Trail, Monroe and Waxhaw mayors.

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Voters in Cabarrus County were asked to decide Tuesday on numerous city leaders.

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Susan Harden
Steve Harrison / WFAE

Updated 12:05 a.m.

Mecklenburg voters overwhelmingly went against raising the sales tax by a quarter-cent to raise money for arts and cultural programs, as well as parks and education.

Voters in Iredell County were asked to decide Tuesday on numerous city leaders, including Mooresville Mayor and City Council members.

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Voters in Catawba County were asked to decide Tuesday on numerous city leaders and school board members.

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Voters in Gaston County were asked to decide Tuesday on numerous city leaders, including Gastonia Mayor.

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Jodie Valade / WFAE

Gubernatorial and legislative elections in four states Tuesday will test voter enthusiasm and party organization amid impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump and a fevered Democratic presidential primary scramble.

JODIE VALADE / WFAE

Updated 2:35 p.m.

Voters around the Charlotte region head to the polls today to pick the leaders of local cities, towns and the second largest school district in North Carolina. And in Mecklenburg County, voters are also being asked to decide on a quarter-cent sales tax to benefit arts, parks and greenways and education.

Continuum cable truck
CONTINUUM

Voters in Mooresville and Davidson are being asked to approve the sale of the towns' money-losing cable and internet system, Continuum, on Tuesday's ballot. Davidson voters also will decide on a bond offering to pay for public facilities.

Truth and Prosperity

The televsion ad begins with a booming voice:

Vi Lyles. Julie Eiselt. Proven leaders. Vi Lyles and Julie Eiselt have led Charlotte with distinction and honor embracing policies that make Charlotte a leader in job creation and economic growth.

The ad continues those kind words, but it focuses on a subject that -- for Democrats -- is touchy: The Republican National Convention.

2019 Voter Guide

Oct 16, 2019

It's election season in Charlotte region. WFAE reached out to candidates in Mecklenburg County cities and towns, asking them questions on some topics important to voters. At the links below, you'll find the answers from the candidates in each of these races.