Ealy voting period ends today

Last updated: May 05. 2014 8:24PM - 474 Views
By - mmurphy@civitasmedia.com

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LAURINBURG — In addition to the seven campaign finance reports detailed in Friday’s edition of The Laurinburg Exchange, three additional candidates have submitted recordings of their committee’s contributions and expenditures for the current election season.

Walter Jackson, running to represent the Stewartsville township on the Scotland County Board of Education, has reported $2,319 in operating expenses in an almost entirely self-funded campaign. Jackson’s report includes a single $25 donation. His campaign’s largest single expenditure has been $1,060 at Speedy Sign Shop on April 17, with $380 also spent there on March 10.

The first quarter campaign finance reports submitted on or prior to April 28 reflect donations and expenditures through April 19. Only candidates spending $1,000 or more are required to submit a detailed report.

Scotland County Board of Commissioners candidate Samuel Cribb, seeking election to represent the Stewartsville township, spent $280 prior to April 19, but has told the Scotland County Board of Elections that he expects to go over the $1,000 threshold. So far, his largest expenditure has been $117 at Woody’s Printing, and he had taken no donations in the first reporting period.

The campaign for Scotland County Sheriff candidate Ralph Kersey, who is expected in November to face the winner of the Democratic primary, has collected $1,241. Those funds are expressed on its report as contributions from individuals, all from Kersey himself. The campaign has spent $1,138 so far.

The Laurinburg Exchange reported on Friday that the election campaign of incumbent Scotland County Commissioner Guy McCook has $15,000 available from the prior election cycle. However, though those monies are included on the finance report as “total this election cycle,” they were both collected and spent on McCook’s 2010 election campaign.

His committee began the current election season with $493 in cash on hand.

Since filing for reelection this year, McCook’s campaign has raised a total of $5,862, primarily from individuals. As of April 19, the campaign had $5,345 in cash on hand, having spent $1,010.

At close of the early voting polls on Friday, 2,275 Scotland County voters have cast a ballot in the May primary. On Friday, 348 people voted at the county annex and 96 voted at Scotland Place Civic Center.

In total, 1,958 people have voted at the annex building and 317 voted at the auxiliary Scotland Place location, opened for the first time this year in order to fit the same number of voting hours as in previous years into the abbreviated voting period mandated by the state.

As of May 1, 54 percent of voters in the primary have been black, with 42 percent white. Women have outvoted men, with 59 percent of votes cast. So far, 81 percent of voters have been Democrats, with unaffiliated voters outnumbering Republicans with 243 votes and 104 votes respectively.

The final day of early voting before Tuesday’s primary will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Scotland County Board of Elections.

Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-276-2311, ext. 17. Follow her on Twitter @emkaylbg.

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