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District 32 heads to Sept. 16 runoff vote

  • Friday, September 5, 2014

Taylor Griffith/South Strand News From left, Georgetown County Board of Elections and Registration Chairman Billy Altman, Election and Voter Registration Office Director Donna Mahn, and board member Dean Smith feed the provisional ballots into the voting machine. The machine reads the ballots and prints the results, as well as copies the results to a memory card.

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Unless a recount of votes shows significant differences in the numbers, Sam Floyd and Rep. Ronnie Sabb will appear on the special election runoff ballot on Sept. 16, for Senate District 32.

The election commission of each county in the district met the morning of Sept. 4 to discuss challenged ballots and certify its respective county’s votes.

The Georgetown County Election Commission discussed nine provisional ballots at its meeting. These are ballots a voter submits – instead of a regular ballot – if the voter’s eligibility is in question.

In Georgetown County there are three categories of ballots – emergency, fail safe and provisional – that are counted as “virtual precincts” and are added to the total number of precincts voting.

The only fail safe provisional ballot was for a voter who had moved, which the board voted unanimously to count.

The only provisional was for a voter who did not have a photograph on his ID because of a “reasonable impediment.”

The board also voted unanimously to count his ballot.

The remaining seven were challenged provisional ballots. Only four were recommended by staff, and later voted unanimously to be counted.

The three the board voted not to count were for a voter who went to the wrong precinct at 6:55 p.m. and did not have enough time to cast her vote at the correct precinct; a voter who had moved to Williamsburg County more than 30 days before the election and cast a ballot in Georgetown County; and a voter who cast a ballot at the Dreamweaver Precinct, even though her old address showed she should have voted at the Andrews Precinct and her new address showed she should have voted in the Kensington Precinct.

The accepted ballots showed two more ballots for Carl Anderson, one more for Sam Floyd, two more for Cezar McKnight and one more for Ronnie Sabb.

New totals

In Horry County, the vote count remained the same.

In Berkeley County, one additional vote was cast for Sabb.

In Florence County, one additional vote was cast for McKnight.

In Williamsburg County, two extra votes were cast for Floyd and two extra votes were cast for McKnight.

The new totals are as follows:

Carl Anderson - 2,710

Sam Floyd - 4,602

Cezar McKnight - 3,448

Ronnie Sabb - 3,485

The South Carolina State Election Commission will meet Sept. 5 at 10 a.m., to certify the certified votes from each county.

Following the meeting, a recount vote will be ordered for each of the counties because of the slim margin of votes between the candidates receiving the second and third highest votes.

The results from the recount are expected to be ready by 3 p.m. Sept. 5, Donna Mahn, director of Georgetown County Election and Voter Registration said.

The runoff election will take place Sept. 16. Absentee ballots will be accepted starting Monday, Sept. 8.

Mahn encouraged those mailing their absentee ballots to do so immediately, or to drop their ballots off at the election office, either in person or through the after-hours door slot.

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