Comfortable voting day at Levy Community Center in Hardeeville

A South Carolina voter holds up an 'I voted' sticker after casting her ballot.
A South Carolina voter holds up an 'I voted' sticker after casting her ballot.
Updated: Feb. 29, 2020 at 5:57 PM EST
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HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (WTOC) - Polls closed at 7 p.m. Saturday for the South Carolina Presidential Preference Primary.

Jasper County’s election office got the unofficial results around 8:45 p.m., and almost 3,400 ballots were cast.

Former Vice President Joe Biden got a little more than half of the county’s votes. Following Biden is Tom Steyer with 573 votes. Trailing right behind Steyer is Senator Bernie Sanders with 543.

In Jasper County, there are a little more than 21,000 registered voters. According to the election office, voter turnout was almost at 16 percent.

That number was a shock to the Board of Elections Director, especially because this was a primary election. However, she doesn’t believe that number says much about how turnout will be in November.

“I think, definitely November, is going to be a bigger turnout. I just think because a lot of people didn’t realize the Saturday election probably prevented them from coming out," said Jeannie Bostick.

Overall, the director says Saturday went smooth for all 15 of the polling sites.

Considering this was the first time some South Carolina polling locations used the new machines, she expected more issues but the county didn’t see huge problems.

The new machines use touch screens, paper ballots, and two-step verification to ensure voter security in elections.

At the Levy Community Center polling location, poll workers didn’t have huge issues. One machine was broken, so that was taken away, but workers say it didn’t impact the process.

Other than that, there were just a few people that were confused at first how to use the machine.

“There’s an education process whenever we switch to a new system, and so there are some people who picked it up quicker than others,” poll worker Rick Weisman said.

Please click here to view election results from the S.C. Presidential Preference Primary.

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