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Herndon, Wood to face off again Tuesday

Posted: November 9, 2010 4:44 p.m.
Updated: November 10, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Nissary Wood and David Herndon will face off again in a special election Tuesday for Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Seat 2.

“We recounted all of the ballots and it is still a tie vote,” Kershaw County Voter Registration Director Rosalind Watson said Tuesday morning. “There were no additional ballots to be counted and the numbers came out exactly the same. The special election will be held on Nov. 16.”

Previously, Wood was reported as having one more vote than Herndon on election night. But after 40 additional absentee ballots were counted on Thursday morning, Watson said Herndon received the vote that brought the race to a tie and prompted the ballot recount.

Watson said voters who cast their ballots at Elgin precincts 1 (Blaney Baptist Church), 2 (Blaney Elementary School), 3 (Elgin Town Hall), 4 (Leslie M. Stover Middle School), and 5 (Harmony Baptist Church); and Doby’s Mill (Doby’s Mill Elementary School) will be able to do so again between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Only those voters represented by Seat 2 will vote in this election.

“And those who need to vote absentee will be able to do so by Monday,” Watson added.

Both candidates say they are prepared for the callenge Tuesday and will continue to campaign in the meantime.

“I have faith that voters will look at our backgrounds and see how committed I am to our children, and know that I will do what’s best for our children, parents and teachers,” Wood said, adding that she has over 11 years of volunteer service with the school district. “But I will definitely get out there and continue to campaign.”

Herndon, who said he is excited about the special election, also plans to continue campaigning until next week’s election.

However, he added, getting voters back out to the polls for the special election may prove to be difficult, as special election voter turnout may be lower than primary election voter turnout.

“I’m excited about the runoff. I’ll be hitting the pavement and knocking on doors,” Herndon said. “But turnout is key. In a runoff, you usually don’t see the same number of voters as you did during the election…so it’s very important that people come out and vote. Every vote counts.”

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