Voter Turnout for Election Higher Than Expected

8:04 PM, Apr 20, 2010   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Poll volunteers say they were pleasantly surprised by all the people coming out to vote in Columbia's runoff elections.

In the end, voter turnout was just over 31 percent. During the original election on April 6, voter turnout was just under 27 percent.

WLTX stopped by a number of polling locations Tuesday and in each place the numbers for voter turnout was noticeable.

"It does make a difference. We can make a difference. I wish more people would get out and vote," said voter Toni Elkins.

"There's issues out there that are important to people and it's making 'em wanna come out and have your voices heard," said voter Erick McElhenny.

Two weeks ago about 17,000 residents voted in the mayoral race. That's about 4,000 more than last time around, in 2006. Tuesday, volunteers at several polling places said they were ahead or at pace with two weeks ago.

"It's my duty to go out and vote and make the right choice for my kids," said voter Rosalyn Goodwin.

On election day, you never can tell who you might run into. We happened to bump into Mayor Bob Coble as he cast his vote at Rosewood Elementary.

"I'm looking forward to giving this guy the reigns as soon as possible. I've enjoyed every minute of it, but it's time to move on," said Coble.

"It's a historical event. You can choose whoever you want, but in my opinion if you don't vote, then you don't need to complain," said Goodwin.


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