Lexington County Officials Prepping for Municipal Elections

7:31 PM, Nov 4, 2013   |    comments
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Lexington County, SC (WLTX) -- Tuesday is election day in the Midlands, and a number of South Carolinians will be heading to the polls.

In Lexington County, officials were working Monday to set up 31 voting precincts ahead of Tuesday's municipal elections.

"We've got several precincts in the same location," said Lexington County Registration and Elections Commissioner Linda Griffith. "Therefore, we're having to have additional equipment to go out."

Hours before polls opened in Lexington County, Griffith, and other commissioners, were working hard to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Part of Griffith's job is to make sure all 31 precinct mangers to not leave county election headquarters without every sign, voting machine and toolbox needed to keep polls running.

"We have to make sure that their poll list matches the precinct that their getting the documents for," Griffith said as an example.

In all, eight different municipalities in Lexington County will have polls open, including six mayoral elections. Several city and town council seats are up for grabs, there are also a few referendums on some ballots.

Lexington County Registration and Elections Director, Dean Crepes, said it's because of those reasons they are expecting a good turnout.

"It'll probably be 10 to 15 percent, somewhere in that range of eligible voters to be able to vote in the municipal elections," Crepes said. "There seems to be more interest in it this time than there was two years ago."

Though Crepes admits those numbers put the expected turnout well below any general election, prepping everything ahead of voting day still has its challenges, he said.

"In some ways it's a little bit harder because we have, basically, eight to ten general elections at the same time," said Crepes.


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