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The polls are open and voting is under way in parts of Charlotte and in five other cities across the region where municipal elections are taking place Tuesday.

In Charlotte, runoff primaries are taking place in city council Districts 2 and 4.

There also are city-wide elections in Monroe, Morganton, Shelby and Statesville. And Hickory has a primary election, with a crowded field of mayoral candidates to be whittled down.

Polls remain open until 7:30 p.m.

Here is a look at the various races:


Only Democrats and unaffiliated voters can cast ballots today, because both runoff elections are Democratic primaries. But unaffiliated voters who voted Republican in the Sept. 10 primary are not permitted to vote today.

In District 2, college administrator Al Austin faces the Rev. Brenda Stevenson. Tuesday’s winner faces Republican Darryl Broome in the November general election.

And in District 4, retired bank examiner Gregg Phipps faces Wil Russell, an assistant project manager for a construction company. The winner faces independent Michael Zytkow next month.

Voter turnout is expected to be light, with only about 3 percent of registered voters expected to participate.

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