Elections off to slow start
17 cast ballot
by Staff report
LAURINBURG — The first day of early voting proved to be a slow one for the county’s elections office.
According to Dell Parker, the director of the Board of Elections, 17 people cast a ballot.
“Seventeen is higher than what I expected for today,” Parker said, “but it is disappointing, with the number of registered voters we have in this county, that the interest shown is not higher.”
One-stop voting for Scotland County’s municipal elections, held at the Board of Elections office of the county’s annex building at 231 E. Cronly St., began Thursday and will end on Nov. 2.
Voting will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each business day except for Nov. 2, when the office will close at 1 p.m.
At one-stop voting, residents can complete a voter registration application and provide proof of residency in order to cast a ballot. For acceptable forms of identification or for more information on voting, visit http://www.scotlandcounty.org/voter-guide.aspx.
Voters needing an absentee ballot will have until 5 p.m. on Oct. 29 to apply. Completed absentee ballots must be received at the elections office by 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, or postmarked by 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 and arrive by 5 p.m. on Nov. 8.
In Laurinburg, all candidates are unopposed.
J.D. Willis is running for the District 1 city council seat to which he was appointed in September 2012 as Herbert Rainer’s successor; Drew Williamson is seeking to keep the District 2 seat he was appointed to in late 2011, finishing the unexpired term of Tommy Parker when Parker was elected mayor and former city clerk Dolores (Dee) Hammond has filed for the open at-large seat on the council, vacated by Kenton Spencer.
Current East Laurinburg Commissioner Wayne Caulder will run unopposed for the office of mayor. May Rachel Hines and other newcomers Tyresa Haywood and David Cooper will run against incumbent Cleon Robinson, Jr. for three two-year terms on the East Laurinburg commission.
In Gibson, three challengers will run against the three incumbents for the open seats on the town’s board of commissioners.
Charles Fletcher, Belton L. Chavis, Jr., and former Town Manager Ken Haney will challenge incumbents Lula Adelle Cottingham, Charles Webb, and Pete Wilkins.
Incumbent mayor Ronnie Hudson will be challenged by Gibson Town Clerk Myra Tyndall.
All of Wagram’s incumbent officers — Mayor Milton Farmer and council members Robert McLaughlin, Hyder Massey, Jr., and Jackie Laviner — will run unopposed. Wagram’s mayor serves in two-year terms, while commissioners serve four-year terms.
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