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Herndon, Wood may see special Nov. 16 election

Posted: November 5, 2010 4:07 p.m.
Updated: November 8, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Board of School Trustees candidates Nissary Woods and David Herndon are still locked in a dead heat.

Kershaw County Voter Registration Director Rosalind Watson said a count of provisional ballots Friday morning did not yield any additional votes for either candidates who are vying for the Elgin school board seat, leaving Wood and Herndon tied with 976 votes each.

“There’s been no change, they are still tied. We’re going to do a recount of all of the votes. But right now, there is a possibility that an election will take place on Nov. 16,” Watson said.

If the recount comes out in either candidates favor, Watson said, the losing candidate will have until Wednesday to protest the results.

Previously, Woods was reported as having one more vote than Herndon on Election Night.

But after reviewing 40 uncounted absentee ballots Thursday morning, Watson said Herndon received the vote that brought the race to a tie.

“After installing the absentee system, we found out that we were missing Ballot Style 38. The state election commission made the correction, but we still totaled out on Tuesday night,” Watson said, adding that the 40 uncounted absentee ballots were kept in the office and counted on Thursday morning. “Out of the 40 ballots, there was one for David Herndon.”

Watson, who has worked at the Kershaw County Voter Registration office since 2005, said this is the first time that she has seen a tie vote in a local race since she’s been at the office.

Watson said Friday that results of the recount would be available today.

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