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Herndon, Wood tied for school board Seat 2

Posted: November 4, 2010 5:04 p.m.
Updated: November 5, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Every other year, politicians say the same thing to their constituents on Election Day: “every vote counts.”

That proved to be true Tuesday in the race for the Elgin seat of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees, when Nissary Wood defeated David Herndon by only one vote.

But by Thursday morning, Kershaw County Voter Registration Director Rosalyn Watson said a count of 40 paper absentee ballots resulted in an extra vote for Herndon, locking the two candidates into a dead heat.

“Right now, there is a possibility of a run-off election. It’s tied right now -- there’s 976 votes for Nissary and 976 votes for David,” Watson said. We’re going to go through provisional fail-safe ballots. But that extra vote that David got was part of 40 absentee ballots that wasn’t included (in the election night results).”

Watson said a certification meeting will be held at 9 a.m. today, during which provisional fail-safe ballots will be reviewed.

“If there ends up being a one vote difference, that person will win. After that, then it’s up to the loser to protest … and if there is a protest then we will then go through another hearing,” Watson said. “But if it remains as a tie, then there will be a (re-election) on Nov. 16.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Wood said she was shocked by the results of the vote when she saw the final count earlier that morning.

“It was shocking because last night the number that we had was a difference of 25 votes. I’m shocked that it was so close,” she said. “When I looked at it, I said, ‘Really?

However, if the final outcome comes out in her favor, Wood said she will be the voice for the students, teachers and parents of Kershaw County.

“We need someone who truly loves volunteering, being with teachers, and will take their voice to the school board. And sometimes parents are intimidated, and they feel comfortable talking to me,” Wood said. “We really need somebody in there who truly cares, can tell you about the programs and what’s going on in the schools, and someone who knows the teachers and staff.”

Thursday afternoon, Herndon said he was also anxious to find out the results, acknowledging the vote could go either way at that point.

“I’m really anxious to find out the final outcome. Being that it was non-partisan, you really have no way of knowing what the outcome will be,” Herndon said. “But if it does come out in my favor, the first thing that I will do is roll up my sleeves and dive into the budget process. The school district’s budget is their biggest challenge right now.”

But even if Wood or Herndon receives another vote during the hearing Friday, Watson said the voter registration office is still required to do a recount.

“Anything less than 19 votes will have a recount,” she added on Thursday afternoon. “I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

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