From Staff Reports
Turnout generally has been light in Columbia County runoff voting Tuesday morning, with some scattered confusion over exactly who can vote, and where.
Voters who live in the appropriate districts can choose between Congressional District 12 Republican candidates Rick Allen and Lee Anderson, and School Board District 1 candidates Carolyn Chase and David Dekle.
Because of the county’s split during reapportionment between the 10th and 12th congressional districts, some voters might be uncertain about their district. Prior to this year, all of Columbia County was part of the 10th District; with redistricting, most of the county’s 46 voting precincts are now in the 12th District.
“We do have six precincts that are not open today due to their voters residing in the 10th Congressional District,” said Columbia County Board of Elections Registration Coordinator Nancy Gay.
Those precincts are Grace Baptist Church, Bessie Thomas Community Center, Eubank Blanchard Community Center, George W. Jones Community Center, Damascus Baptist Church and Greenbrier High School, Gay said.
“They are and will continue to be voting precincts in future elections,” she said.
In addition, three of the county’s precincts – Kiokee Baptist Church, Harlem Middle School and Harlem Baptist Church – are split between the 10th and 12th Districts. The precincts are open, but 10th District voters won’t have a ballot available.
Gay said she’s “hopeful” of getting 20 to 25 percent turnout, and said so far “things are going rather smoothly.”