Turnout moderate in House runoff

AIKEN - Voters in Aiken County were heading to the polls today to determine who will occupy the House District 81 seat.


Neither attorney Tom Young nor Aiken County Councilman Scott Singer won a majority of the vote in the June 10 Republican primary, necessitating the runoff.

There is no Democratic opposition.

Stuart Bedenbaugh, Aiken County Voter Registration and Elections director, said turnout was moderate and he expeted it to ultimately be about 20 percent.

Not everyone in Aiken County is allowed to vote in the election.

“It’s a district office, so obviously only certain voters in certain parts of the county can vote,” Mr. Bedenbaugh said.

The voter registration office had received a number of calls from people who tried to vote in the District 81 race only to find their polling location closed.

“Cedar Creek Church and one of the precincts in Woodside (Plantation) are split – half are in 81 and some are in House 86,” the elections director said. “That’s just the way the district lines are.”

Mr. Bedenbaugh said some people who live outside the House district might be confused because Mr. Singer is the county councilman for their area.

Voters who are unsure of which district they live in can go online to www.scvotes.org or call the voter registration office at (803) 642-1528.


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