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05/06/03

Voters Hit Port Royal Polls

The future of a Beaufort County town is in the hands of the voters today. They're electing a mayor and town council members in Port Royal. Faithful voters slowly made their way to the polls to cast their ballots. 

"It's a right, it's a privilege, and I always try to exercise my right to vote," voter Georgiella Allen told us.

"We feel it's our obligation and duty to come out and cast our ballots," said Jack Whitaker.

This election will determine Port Royal's next mayor, along with two members of the town council. But even those elections can't draw a crowd to the polls. In fact, election officials are expecting less than 30 percent of the town's 5,000 registered voters will cast their vote.

"It's about the same as previously, and I've worked many years before," poll worker Augusta Vella said.

Although the polls weren't packed, those who did come out know their vote will count.

"I feel it's important for everyone to take part in selection the leaders of the town," said voter Jim Kuhut.

"It's a small town and the town council and the mayor are instrumental in determining the direction of the town," Mandy Barnes offered at the polls.

Through a referendum, voters will also determine if the town will sell its water and sewer system to the Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority.

"I think it would be a good thing at this time to sell it off, there have been some problems in the past and I think Beaufort-Jasper could do a better job," said voter Mandy Barnes.

But others are perfectly happy with the way things are.

"Water comes out of the spigot when I turn it on," joked Paul Eberlein.

The polls close at 7pm tonight.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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