Wake County One of Only Eight NC Counties to Vote Against Amendment One

Wake County One of Only Eight NC Counties to Vote Against Amendment One

May, 09, 2012 , by Jedidiah

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North Carolina has 100 counties. 92 of those voted for the passing of Amendment One on Tuesday, 8 voted against it, including all three counties in the Triangle. Wake (Raleigh), Durham (Durham), Orange (Chapel Hill) and Chatham Counties make up a small island in the middle of the state that voted against the amendment with Buncombe (home of Asheville), Mecklenburg (Charlotte), Watauga (Boone) and Dare (Outer Banks) being the other four. 

It makes sense that all of the counties with large, mostly liberal cities went against the amendment. The only surprises it may seem is that Guilford (home of Greensboro) didn't go for the amendment, but then again it's not far off of expectation considering the size of Greensboro as a metropolis. 

See the county by county breakdown of the Amendment One vote here.








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  • danimal
    05/09 12:26 PM

    in regards to greensboro, the amendment passed in guilford county by only 72 votes.

  • Phil
    05/09 12:46 PM

    Passed by less than 600 in New Hanover county (Wilmington)

  • Joe
    05/09 01:00 PM

    Interesting fact: Orange, Wake, Durham, Mecklenburg, Watuga, Buncombe, and Chatham counties make up 7 of the top 8 counties in the state for level of education (as measured by percentage of the population with at least a 2- or 4-year degree).  BTW - New Hanover (as mentioned by Phil above as a very close call) is the other one in the top 8 most educated.
    Source: Lumina Foundation / US Census Bureau / 2008 American Community Survey

    Is this the future of ‘democracy’...that the least educated among us make decisions about the welfare of us all???

  • Walker
    05/09 03:01 PM

    I don’t understand why so few people voted in Mecklenburg county.  It is 933K strong, yet only 174K voted…as compared to Wake 903K (244K voted).

  • RaleighRob
    05/09 03:13 PM

    Uh….you might need to recheck that.  WRAL says Dare voted FOR at 52%. 

    Looks like your map includes water or something as part of Dare?


    And Joe’s right…education level had a lot to do with it.
    I think Guilford and New Hanover were close…the cities probably voted against but suburbs overtook them.

  • peter
    05/09 04:39 PM

    just shows how liberal and corrupt morally the metro areas are in NC

  • yessa masta
    05/09 06:49 PM

    Joe-  so an uneducated persons vote shouldn’t hold as much weight as an educated.  wow.

    you are the 1%

  • Matt
    05/09 09:21 PM

    To yessa and peter,

    Bigotry redeems no one. Education wether it is through traditional means or one’s own self allows people to understand that, after contemplation, the founding fathers understood that state and religious bodies should be separate. Thus, a mandate against one part of society should not be handed down on the rest due to religious doctrine. I am not you, I do not believe as you do; neither should the government rule as either of us.  ALL ARE EQUAL.

  • Matt
    05/09 09:21 PM

    To yessa and peter,

    Bigotry redeems no one. Education wether it is through traditional means or one’s own self allows people to understand that, after contemplation, the founding fathers understood that state and religious bodies should be separate. Thus, a mandate against one part of society should not be handed down on the rest due to religious doctrine. I am not you, I do not believe as you do; neither should the government rule as either of us.  ALL ARE EQUAL.

  • Matt
    05/09 09:21 PM

    To yessa and peter,

    Bigotry redeems no one. Education wether it is through traditional means or one’s own self allows people to understand that, after contemplation, the founding fathers understood that state and religious bodies should be separate. Thus, a mandate against one part of society should not be handed down on the rest due to religious doctrine. I am not you, I do not believe as you do; neither should the government rule as either of us.  ALL ARE EQUAL.

  • Matt
    05/09 09:21 PM

    To yessa and peter,

    Bigotry redeems no one. Education wether it is through traditional means or one’s own self allows people to understand that, after contemplation, the founding fathers understood that state and religious bodies should be separate. Thus, a mandate against one part of society should not be handed down on the rest due to religious doctrine. I am not you, I do not believe as you do; neither should the government rule as either of us.  ALL ARE EQUAL.

  • Matt
    05/09 09:24 PM

    Sorry to double post. (triple now I guess). Too many taps.

  • Charles
    05/11 09:38 AM

    @RaleighRob- you’re incorrect that Dare shouldn’t be counted in the against column. The original ballot count was wrong and has been adjusted (http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/05/10/2056820/dare-county-also-voted-against.html)

    The boundaries used for this map show the jurisdictional boundaries of Dare County (and all other coastal counties for that matter), the shoreline graphic would have been difficult to visualize (IMO)

  • John
    05/14 01:16 AM

    We should never vote on rights.  Period.

  • Jeremiah
    05/18 01:53 PM

    I would like to propose an ammendment that anyone without a 4 year degree from an accredited university is no longer allowed to vote, procreate or get married.

  • OldeSchool
    05/18 06:36 PM

    Hey Jeremiah, pretty sure you mean a post-graduate degree, landowner, and white.

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