Jasper County voters ensure they're heard ahead of runoff

Jasper County voters ensure they're heard ahead of runoff

JASPER CO., SC (WTOC) - Many voters in Jasper County are making sure their voice is heard in the upcoming runoff election as they vote early in the absentee precinct.

"It's very important. It's important to this community; important to Jasper County - period," said Nathaniel Lee.

In this runoff, there's some important seats up for grabs, including the sheriff's race.

"I think the sheriff's race is probably the hottest race right at this time. We've had a lot of unsolved mysteries, murders and so forth," said Beth Gregory.

"It's an important race because there's a lot of things that need to be done in this community and we really need someone who is going to do it," said Marqita Anderson.

But many voters such as Jill Bennett have concerns after many voters complained about problems at the polls during the primary.

"A lot of people don't have time to run from this precinct to that precinct to figure out where they are supposed to vote when they've been voting in a particular precinct for years," said Bennett.

Election officials say there were a number of issues to blame.

"Some were updated," said Donald Sheftall, chairman of the Jasper County Election Commission. "Their individual address for 911, some may have inadvertantly been placed in the wrong precinct, others may have been archived with different district changes and all of the other changes made this year."

But Sheftall said that voting this time around should be smoother.

"For voters who experienced that during the primary, they won't experience that during the runoff because it's been verified for those particular voters so they will go back to the same precinct they voted during the primary for the runoff and they will be on that list and won't have to call a second time for verification," said Sheftall.

Because of all of the issues at the polls during the primary, Bennett and several other concerned citizens have been at the absentee precinct to make sure there isn't any problems.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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