School board runoff cost $16 a head

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With turnout at just 3.49 percent in Tuesday's runoff election, Richmond County paid about $16 a pop for 3,610 voters to decide two statewide judgeships and a local school board post.

The runoff cost taxpayers about $60,000 to staff the county's 50 polling places, Elections Director Lynn Bailey said. All precincts statewide are required to be open for statewide races.

In Columbia County, where turnout was only slightly higher, at 4.19 percent, the election cost county taxpayers about $12 per ballot to conduct Tuesday's $38,000 runoff, according to information from the elections office.

Voters in Columbia County cast 3,065 ballots in the runoff to help decide the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judgeships. There were no local runoffs.

The Richmond County school board runoff, which gave incumbent Eloise Curtis a fourth four-year term, saw slightly higher turnout at District 2's nine precincts, with 4.5 percent of the district's voters casting ballots.

In the Supreme Court race, statewide winner David Nahmias won a majority in both Richmond and Columbia counties, while statewide Court of Appeals winner Chris McFadden did not.

Statewide turnout for the runoffs was 4.54 percent.

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Taylor B
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Taylor B 12/01/10 - 03:23 pm
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Wait, the Repubs said that

Wait, the Repubs said that only Libertarians cause expensive runoffs... :-)

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 12/01/10 - 05:02 pm
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Really? You want complain

Really? You want complain about money spent for voting? Really? For voting?

Amazing.

Darby
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Darby 12/01/10 - 06:28 pm
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Come on Taylor, hope you're

Come on Taylor, hope you're not talking about me. I just said that it would be a shame if Monds caused a runoff. Never said that only Libertarians were guilty.

Considering that we had a state-wide runoff anyway, it wouldn't have really mattered if Monds had thrown things into overtime, would it?

And those three races last night... They were all non-partisan races so I guess I can't blame Libertarians or Democrats or even Republicans can I???

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gaspringwater 12/01/10 - 07:49 pm
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Maybe you Repubs should get

Maybe you Repubs should get over your political passion to disfranchise the poor and minorities, and adopt reforms to ENCOURAGE voter participation. You can easily establish telephone and internet voting and it probably won't cost a dime. But I doubt you'll do anything other than gripe!

Every vote for public office should be counted, even the ones for Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. Mindless computers can keep track of myriad details and it's not like you're using abacus machines anymore.

Darby
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Darby 12/02/10 - 01:04 am
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GASPRINGWATER drones on and

GASPRINGWATER drones on and on and on.... but does anyone really listen??

justus4
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justus4 12/02/10 - 03:18 am
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This Democracy stuff is not
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This Democracy stuff is not looking very good in view of those turnout rates. In fact, it must be said that such poor results are shameful and something is wrong with the system. Other countries are turning out over 60 & 70 percent of their citizens and the good 'ol US of A can't get to ten. Again, something is terribly wrong.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 12/02/10 - 05:02 pm
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Darby - It's obvious you're

Darby - It's obvious you're listening.

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