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It’s Primary Day

All precincts open, but some races only at certain polls

Posted: June 14, 2016 9:10 a.m.
Updated: June 14, 2016 1:00 a.m.
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Kershaw County residents are voting today as the Republican and Democratic parties offer nominees to be their candidates for this November’s general election.

All precincts are open until 7 p.m. today, but not every polling place will offer every race up for consideration.

For example, the only primary election for Kershaw County Council is for District 3 where a Republican primary will essentially decide who will fill Councilman C.R. Miles’ seat. Miles announced earlier this year he is not running for reelection and there are no Democrats running for the District 3 seat. The two Republicans are current Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons and attorney Ben Connell.

Polling places where residents who live in District 3 will be eligible to vote are Doby’s Mill Elementary School (Doby’s Mill); and all six Elgin precincts: Blaney Baptist Church, Blaney Elementary School, Elgin Town Hall, Leslie M. Stover Middle School, Harmony Baptist Church and Blaney Fire Department.

Those same precincts will be used as the polling places for a Democratic primary to decide whether S.C. Rep. Jimmy Bales will retain his S.C. House District 80 seat or be replaced by challengers Brian Burke and Lawrence Moore. There are no Republican challengers, so whoever wins today will go on to win the District 80 House seat.

There is also a “primary” for Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Seat No. 5 between incumbent Trustee Louis Clyburn and challenger James P. Smith. Board seats are non-partisan, but the winner of today’s contest will be placed on the ballot in November as will unopposed trustees up for reelection Derrick Proctor (Seat 3), Matt Irick (Seat 5) and Chairman Ron Blackmon (Seat 9). In addition, newcomer Todd McDonald will run unopposed in November for Seat 1 for which Trustee Mara Jones decided not to run for reelection.

Precincts which will be open Tuesday for the school board Seat 5 race are Hobkirk’s Hill (Camden Elementary School), Camden No. 5 (National Steeplechase Museum), Liberty Hill (Beaver Creek Fire Department), Lugoff No. 1 (Lugoff Elementary School), Rabon’s Crossroads (Pine Grove Fire Department), Riverdale (American Legion Post 17), Salt Pond (Smyrna Methodist Church), Shaylor’s Hill (Baron DeKalb Elementary School), Springdale (New Hope Baptist Church), Absentee/Barrier Free (Voter Registration Office).

Also, a Democratic primary is being held today to determine who among six candidates will replace S.C. State Rep. Grady Brown of S.C. House District 50. There are no Republican candidates, so whoever wins the today’s primary will win the seat. Candidates include Brian Alston and Crystal Cunningham, both of Rembert; and Tom Drayton, Keith Johnson, Demoine Kinney and Will Wheeler, all of Bishopville.

Polling places open for this primary are the Antioch Fire Station (Antioch), Bethune Community Center (Bethune) and Midway Elementary School (Cassatt).

All Kershaw County precincts are open for a Republican primary for U.S. House of Representatives District 5. Incumbent Congressman Mick Mulvaney faces a challenge by fellow Republican Ray Craig. Whoever wins Tuesday’s primary will go on in November to face Democratic challenger Fran Person, a former aide for U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. Also on the ballot in November will be American Party candidates Rudy Barnes Jr. and Larry Gaither.

Residents in Camden No. 2 should have received a new voter registration card showing their new, permanent polling location at the Continuous Learning Center (the Old Jackson School) on Campbell Street in Camden.

Voters should check their voter registration cards carefully to know for what races they are eligible to vote, and should not hesitate to ask poll workers for assistance. Anyone with questions should call the Voter Registration Office at (803) 424-4016.

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