Another slow election day in South Carolina

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- A quiet election day, almost too quiet at precinct 44 in Aiken County.

That's until you run into 87-year-old Doris Morgan.

"I didn't think I was going to get down here because I could hardly walk," said the veteran voter.

But when there's a vote to be made, she's always there and hasn't missed out for more than seventy years.

"We used to get out and vote when I was growing, you know, when I was young, in my 20's," she said.

Those voter numbers seem to keep getting lower and lower, but the price of the elections, are heading in quite the different direction.

"Around 40,000 dollars and probably a little bit in excess to that," said Michael Bond, who works for the Aiken County Board of Elections.

Poll workers, temp workers, extra ballots all add up on the list of expenses to put on each election.

In his first year running elections in Aiken County, Bond says a quick turn around from primary to runoff means less time for everything...

"We really only had a week in time frame to actually turn around an entire election with all the new information," he said.

New names on ballots means less time for voters to know what they're voting for. That means less voters at the polls on election day.

"We average about 21 voters per precinct." said Bond.

That's true for 36 of the 79 precincts in Aiken County. Most of those have more than 1,000 active registered voters. The percentage that turn out sometimes doesn't even reach three percent.

It begs the question, why aren't more voters out? Morgan doesn't have to answer that question. She's just glad she can still come out and put her vote in, all to make a difference.

"I don't know how much longer I'll be voting," said Morgan.


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