Lexington County Prepared for Special Elections

Lexington, SC (WLTX) -- The Town of Lexington will be holding two elections in the next few weeks, and it's been up to the staff there to make sure everything is ready.

According to both Dean Crepes, Director of Lexington County Registration and Elections, and Gene Wilbur, a Lexington County Election Commissioner, plans for those elections started months ago.

"Our commission meets the first Monday of every month," Wilbur said, "whether there's an election or not, and we go over anything that might be coming up."

Lexington residents will be heading to polls Tuesday for a special election for town council. That seat became vacant when former member Steve MacDougall became Mayor in November.

That election is now less than 24 hours away, and boxes of voting equipment at the office were being stacked for pick up, then wheeled away as precinct workers came to pick up their equipment.

"When it comes to issuing equipment, we know how much equipment needs to be used at each precinct and they get that equipment," Wilbur said.

Aside from the work elections staffers at the office must do to prepare, Crepes makes sure poll workers are up to speed on election protocol.

"Well basically that's where the planning comes in at," Crepes said. "We also have training that goes on about two to three weeks before the election. We get that done, and then we tell all the poll managers and people that are in charge of the precincts [which] day to pick up the equipment."

The second special election in the Town of Lexington is to fill a seat vacated by former Councilman Danny Frazier.

The election is set to be held April 8.


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