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Sheriff’s race to be decided tomorrow

By Imari Scarbrough and Abby Cavenaugh iscarbrough@civitasmedia.com acavenaugh@civitasmedia.com

July 14, 2014

The early voting numbers are in for the second primary for the office of Anson County sheriff.


During the early voting period for the second primary between candidates Landric Reid and Mike Smith, a total of 2,183 registered voters cast a ballot. That’s compared to 1,826 in May, Board of Elections director Steve Adams reported.


Election Day for the second primary is tomorrow. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Both candidates are Democrats, so whether or not they voted in the first primary, all registered Democrats will be allowed to vote. Unaffiliated voters who voted Democratic in the first primary or who did not vote at all in the first primary will also be able to vote.


(EDITOR’S NOTE: Results of the second primary will be posted on our website, ansonrecord.com, and in next week’s issue, since polls will close after our weekly deadline.)


Last Tuesday, the Board of Elections approved an additional seven absentee ballots returned since its last meeting, making a total of 54 absentee ballots returned from voters out of 95 requests made.


The board also approved some minor modifications to the poll worker list. Board director Steve Adams commended the workers on their efforts during the early voting. “We’ve downsized some and trained a little differently and it’s really worked well,” he said. “I’m really pleased with the whole thing. the level of professionalism has really gone up a notch.”


Board member James Paxton relayed a message from County Manager Lawrence Gatewood about the Board of Elections’ bathrooms. Gatewood said that he had heard comments from citizens about the lack of public bathrooms at the elections office and asked the board to reconsider its position. After discussion, the board decided to continue to restrict access to the bathrooms, as voters are only at the office for a few minutes. Although the board allowed that emergency cases are an exception to the rule, it ruled that general access to the bathrooms would be denied as ballots and other sensitive material are close to the bathrooms.


Additionally, the board discussed some upcoming dates, including the hand-to-eye count on July 18 at 2 p.m. Canvas Day will be on July 22 at 11 a.m.