Other possibilities included changing the city’s method of choosing council members from at-large voting to a ward-based system. But city officials would have to take several steps to switch to a ward-based system, including amending the city charter.
Coyle said she hopes another group of students will use her research as a starting point for a bigger project, which would look at local voting patterns over five years or more. She added that she will still be enrolled at ECU in the spring of 2014, and she will help the next group of students pick up where she left off.
“I’ll be back,” she said. “It’s not over.”