Thursday, June 21, 2012
Ballots are no longer cast in boxes in Georgetown County, but the idea is still valid to vote for the person who you believe will best represent your interests. Tuesday is a run-off for the 7th Congressional District.
For Republicans, the choice is between André Bauer and Tom Rice. They were the top vote-getters in the primary on June 12.
For Democrats, at press time we don’t know for sure whether there will be a run-off.
Gloria Bromell Tinubu received more votes than any other Democrat in the primary, but if Ted Vick’s votes are included in the total, then she faces a run-off against Preston Brittain.
There was a court hearing on Thursday on at least one aspect of the tangled-up situation.
As Scott Harper reports in a front-page story today, Judge Larry Hyman said Thursday he wants to take the time to consider his decision. He will issue a ruling today.
Whatever the results, we encourage registered voters to cast their ballots in the primary runoffs on Tuesday.
Throughout the South Carolina political process this year, multiple glitches have occurred. Several candidates have gotten into trouble of their own making.
Another big wrinkle in the process is the decertification of more than 250 candidates across the state over whether or not they or their political parties followed the language of a 2010 state law about electronic filing.
Since the primaries on June 12, many of those decertified candidates started petition drives to get their names on the ballot for the November general election.
Depending on the office, candidates may need a few hundred or up to several thousand signatures on petitions so their names will be listed on the ballot.
We encourage you to sign any and all petitions for candidates where you are eligible to vote.
Your signature does not obligate you in any way to vote for that person in November, but it does say you believe he or should have a chance to seek votes in the general election.
For now, though, it’s important to vote in the runoffs for the 7th Congressional District.
The Republicans will have a runoff on Tuesday. Check the Georgetown Times Web site and Facebook pages for details on the judge’s ruling for the Democratic primary race.
The results of Tuesday’s vote are important in the political process.
So, too, are the signatures on the petitions for people whose names were removed from the primary ballots.
And even though it’s a hassle, we encourage you to take the time to vote on Tuesday if you plan to vote Republican; and if there is to be a Democratic runoff, in that election when it’s held.
A reminder — you may vote in one or the other primaries, but not both.
Your vote will be a key element in choosing the person who will represent Georgetown County and the others that make up the new Congressional District.