Sumter votes align with all but 1 primary winner

County election commission certifies results, 1 of 5 provisional ballots

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 6/15/18

After the unofficial numbers came in to show Sumter County had the sixth-lowest turnout in the state, the percentage of voters dropped even further after the certified results were tallied and approved.

The drop was due to there being more …

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Sumter votes align with all but 1 primary winner

County election commission certifies results, 1 of 5 provisional ballots

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After the unofficial numbers came in to show Sumter County had the sixth-lowest turnout in the state, the percentage of voters dropped even further after the certified results were tallied and approved.

The drop was due to there being more registered voters than the South Carolina Election Commission listed. After Tuesday night, when numbers were tallied to show a 17.1 percent voter turnout in Sumter, the number of possible ballots cast went from 65,952 to an official 71,642, according to the Sumter County Election Commission data, bringing the turnout to 15.74 percent.

The commission certified its results Friday morning at the old courthouse in downtown Sumter after reviewing five provisional ballots. Four of them were sustained and, therefore, not counted, while one was overruled and added to the total.

The ballot that was counted was a Democratic ticket from the DeLaine precinct.

Pat Jefferson, director of Sumter County Voter Registration and Elections, said the four others will be sent voter registration forms so they can be eligible to properly vote next time. They were not counted in Tuesday's primary because they have moved and not re-registered. One voter tried to use his father's ID to vote.

According to the certified results, of the 11,276 total votes cast in Sumter, 6,929 were Democratic ballots and 4,347 were Republican ballots. That represents 61.45 percent Democrat and 38.55 Republican.

All of the candidates Sumterites most supported won the nomination or will head to a runoff except Mitch Ellerby and Catherine Templeton.

Ellerby lost a challenge in District 64 of the State House of Representatives against Rep. Robert Ridgeway III. Most of that district is in Clarendon County.

Sumter also voted second-most for Catherine Templeton for the Republican nomination for governor. John Warren got the second-most votes throughout the state, forcing Gov. Henry McMaster into a runoff scheduled for June 26.