Good News: Grass-roots democracy

SPENCER MOUNTAIN, NC (WBTV) - It's election day in Spencer Mountain, but you wouldn't know it.

The 150-year-old town doesn't pose as much of a political stomping ground.  With only 11 registered voters, it's actually hard to find any politics at all.

The governing body consists of a mayor and thee town council members.  Each official is up for re-election today, but each is pretty much a shoe-in to win.

For the last few years, there have been so few people registered to vote, the governing body basically votes for themselves.

Incumbent Mayor Janice Abernathy says the small population and the tiny voting public enable a grass-roots type democracy. Abernathy says there's no fighting at the monthly council meetings. There's no politicking, only handshakes.

If even half of Spencer Mountain's registered voters show up to the pools today, then percentage-wise, the town could have the highest turn-out in the state.