Sumter runoff sees higher Republican turnout than primary

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 6/29/18

Results from Tuesday's Republican primary runoffs were certified Thursday morning at a Sumter County Voters Registration and Elections meeting.

According to results presented at the meeting, which was held at 10 a.m. at the historic Sumter County …

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Sumter runoff sees higher Republican turnout than primary

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Results from Tuesday's Republican primary runoffs were certified Thursday morning at a Sumter County Voters Registration and Elections meeting.

According to results presented at the meeting, which was held at 10 a.m. at the historic Sumter County Courthouse, 292 voters turned in absentee ballots, and three provisional ballots were counted, bringing the total number of Sumterites who participated in the runoff to 4,516.

Only those who voted in the June 12 primary on the Republican ballot and those who did not vote at all in the primary could cast a ballot on Tuesday. More Republicans voted on Tuesday than in the primary, which tallied 4,347 Republican ballots. That represented 38.6 percent of the total primary turnout.

Such a low turnout - 6.3 percent for the runoff - does not matter for cost efficiency for the county because the parties, not the county, pays for primary elections, according to Pat Jefferson, director of the county Voter Registration and Elections.

The next time Sumterites will be asked to head to the polls will be in November, when the general election will ask Republicans, Democrats and third parties to vote in myriad local, state and national races.