Voters show IDs in special election

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stefan Rogenmoser/Gazette -- Hanahan High School poll workers Louise Fowler and Marilyn Redmond check and return the photo ID of Berkeley County School Board member Kent Murray as he prepares to vote in the special primary Tuesday.


Poll workers at Hanahan High School reported a slow turnout Tuesday morning for Hanahan's Precinct 3. There were never more than three people in line.
The special primary election was held Tuesday for the Congressional District 1 seat left vacant by Tim Scott, who became a U.S. Senator on Jan. 3 following Jim DeMint's resignation. For all of the results, see ourgazette.com.
This is the first election in which state law requires voters to show a picture ID in order to voter.
As of midday there had been no problems with voters coming to Hanahan High School, according to poll worker Louise Fowler.
Fowler said voters simply show their ID and no longer need to bring a voter registration card because the voters' information can be pulled up on a poll computer.
“I know who you are but I still need to see your ID,” poll worker Marilyn Redmond said to a voter she appeared to know from the community.
Redmond said she suspects some voters may have driven by the school, which is in session, and seen the full parking lot and cars parked on the grass and decided to not vote, or stop by later.
Redmond said she expected more people to show up near the end of the workday or after school was dismissed.
Berkeley County School District Public Information Officer Susan Haire said the poll locations are trying to be kept as separated from classrooms as possible.
She said due to increased traffic the district is encouraging the public to be aware of the bell schedule. For future reference, the schedule is available at the district's website www.berkeley.k12.sc.us.
“We've worked closely with election officials to make sure polling locations are very clearly labeled,” Haire said. “Normally it happens on days when the schools are closed. Because this is happening on the first day of PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) testing it's adding a layer we don't usually have.
“We've been careful to communicate directly with our parents to remind them it is a voting day and it is PASS testing. We're encouraging them to allot extra time when they're bringing their child to school.”

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