Election turnout steady in Berkeley County

  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Rob Gantt/Gazette Poll worker Tom Etheridge assists a voter at Hanahan Middle School on Tuesday.


A slow but steady stream of voters are going to the polls across Berkeley County Tuesday.

One veteran poll worker said that this primary is showing a “more steady” line of voters than recent primaries. Some locations were already near 20 percent in the waning hours of the primary.

Polls close at 7 p.m.

But while turnout has been high in some areas, some precincts remain in double digits. Berkeley County Election Director Adam Hammound said those precincts might get a bump from the after-work rush.

In the 2010 primary, turnout in Berkeley County was just shy of 24 percent.

Berkeley County’s top political office hangs in the balance, as Supervisor Dan Davis faces two Republican challengers. Moncks Corner Mayor Bill Peagler and businessman Jerry Beckley have both run spirited campaigns against Davis, who is seeking the Republican nomination and a third term in office.

The county’s chief law enforcement position also is on Tuesday’s ballot. Incumbent Sheriff Wayne DeWitt is facing two Republican competitors, Brian Adams and Matt Smoak. It’s the first time in 20 years he’s been challenged in the primary.

For one Berkeley County voter, the sheriff race even eclipsed the statewide races for U.S. Senate.

“We have had a bunch of break ins over the weekend, and we can’t get anyone to respond or, if they do respond, it can take more than an hour,” Amy Stoddard said outside Cane Bay Elementary.

There are several county council seats being challenged: Distirct 4, District 5 and District 6. Another voter said she has paid more attention to the local races this year.

“We have a neighbor running for office and that encouraged us to take a closer look,” Jody Jenikovsky said.

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott was one of the first voters of the day: the junior senator cast his ballot at Goose Creek Primary School shortly after 7 a.m.

His unexpired term is on the ballot, in addition to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s seat. Both of those races are on the Republican and Democratic ballot.

Another statewide race is the Superintendent of Education, with scores of candidates on the Republican and Democratic ballot.

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