Turnout low for municipal election in Summerton

BY SHARRON HALEY
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 4/6/18

SUMMERTON - Voter turnout for Summerton's Municipal Election on Tuesday was very light with less than 10 percent of the town's 936 registered voters showing up at the polls.

In past years, Summerton would not have held an election where all the …

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Turnout low for municipal election in Summerton

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SUMMERTON - Voter turnout for Summerton's Municipal Election on Tuesday was very light with less than 10 percent of the town's 936 registered voters showing up at the polls.

In past years, Summerton would not have held an election where all the races were running unopposed, but with the new law taking place as of Jan. 1, 2018, all municipalities in the state were required to hold elections whether or not races ran unopposed.

All three of Summerton's precincts were open for Tuesday's balloting.

Summerton Mayor Donald M. Bagnal, who ran unopposed, received 19 votes and an additional six write-in ballots.

Three seats on Summerton Town Council were up for grabs with only the incumbents seeking election.

Incumbent Walker Wells received the most votes with 23, while Chalmers Stukes received 21 votes to Bryan Rembert's 20 votes.

The Clarendon County Office of Voter Registration met Thursday morning to certify Tuesday's results. According to Shirley Black-Oliver, executive director of the county's Voter Registration Office, the unofficial totals that were released Tuesday night did not change.

Bagnal, Wells, Stukes and Rembert will be sworn into office at the next Summerton Town Council meeting which will be held on Tuesday.