In this town, every vote counts _ race decided by just 1

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Posted: Nov 10, 2015 1:23 PM

PRINCEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — All those reminders that every vote counts came true in a commissioner race in a small North Carolina town, where a candidate won by just one vote.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reports (http://bit.ly/1PAsvyd ) that a recount in the Princeville race has confirmed that challenger Linda Joyner defeated 24-year member Ann Brown Howell by a vote of 12-to-11.

Edgecombe County elections director Jerry Spruell says 362 people are registered to vote in the ward where Joyner and Howell ran. He said Tuesday that he's never seen such a low turnout in Princeville. Census figures put the town's population at fewer than 1,000.

Joyner campaigned on a platform of addressing safety issues and creating recreational activities for young people.