• Local election results certified

    At a 3.5-hour meeting Friday, Nov. 9, the Lancaster County Election Commission certified the Nov. 6 elections, adding 150 votes to the final countywide results, but changing no outcomes.
    Of the 200-plus votes that were challenged, 61 could not be counted. The county received clean audits back from the state.
    Votes can be challenged for a variety of reasons, such as not bringing a photo ID, having active registration in another county, or not having matching signatures on the absentee-ballot application and the actual absentee ballot.

  • Election night ballot glitch explained

    Lancaster County Election officials blamed a database linked to two optical scanners for delays and confusion in the vote-counting process for paper absentee ballots Nov. 6.
    Vote totals appeared to be complete just before 10 p.m., but then officials realized that the scanners had not properly recorded all of the paper-ballot votes. A recount of the 1,312 paper ballots, which ended about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, recorded all the votes, adjusting the totals in some races but changing no outcomes.

  • Reid Pointe voters pass special road tax

    Voters in the Reid Pointe subdivision off S.C. 160 voted overwhelmingly Nov. 6 to create a special tax district to repair their roads.
    Out of the 257 Reid Pointe residents who voted, 246 (96 percent) voted for the tax district, while only 11 (4 percent) voted against it.
    The subdivision will borrow up to $700,000 to pay for street repairs to get its roads brought up to standard and accepted into the county system.
    Reid Pointe homeowners will be taxed for 20 years to pay it off.  

  • Buck, Stroble win Panhandle school board seats

    District 7 newcomer Ken Buck won election to the Lancaster County school board Nov. 6, along with District 1 incumbent Melvin Stroble, who was unopposed.
    Buck, winning his first public office, defeated opponent Chris Campbell in the contest for the District 7 seat. Buck received 2,723 votes or 55 percent of the total. Campbell got 2,181 votes, 44 percent.

  • County’s $19M recreation bond passes

    Lancaster County voters approved the $19 million recreation bond referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot.
    The referendum, the county’s first to fund recreation projects, was approved 52.5 percent (16,711 votes) to 47.5 percent (15,121 votes).
    After months of planning and looking at projects, the amount was set in July by Lancaster County Council before the body voted unanimously to have it placed on the ballot.
    “Our goal was to let the voters have their say,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper.

  • Studebaker wins probate judge battle

    Republican Dee Studebaker outdistanced Democrat Crystal Johnson on Nov. 6 to win the race for Lancaster County probate judge.
    Studebaker got 19,498 votes, 59 percent of the total. Johnson received 13,316, or 41 percent.
    “I’m excited,” said Studebaker, who joined other Republicans at Mike Williams Builders in Lancaster late Tuesday. “I’m thankful for all of the supporters and hardworking volunteers.”

  • Newton hammers Buskey in S.C. District 45

    Republican incumbent Brandon Newton easily won his second term in the S.C. House last week, beating Democratic challenger Corin Buskey in District 45.
    After a contentious race, Newton received 15,125 votes, 63 percent of the total, and Buskey got 9,075, or 38 percent, the combined total of her votes as a Democrat and Workers Families candidate.
    In Lancaster County, Newton received 11,913 votes, 62 percent of the total, while Buskey received a total of 7,245 for 38 percent.
    District 45 includes parts of Lancaster and York counties.

  • Norman dominates Parnell in U.S. District 5

    For the second time in 16 months, Republican Ralph Norman on Tuesday defeated Democrat Archie Parnell for the 5th District congressional seat – and this time it wasn’t a squeaker.
    While the Lancaster County results weren’t official at press time due to a database issue involving paper absentee ballots, the incumbent from Rock Hill outpaced his Sumter opponent by a 15-point margin to win his first full term in the U.S. House.

  • McMaster tops Smith for governor

    Incumbent Republican Henry McMaster won the S.C. governor’s race in the Nov. 6 election, defeating Democrat James Smith and running mate Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster.
    The GOP ticket of McMaster and Pamela Evette, his pick for lieutenant governor, received 921,319 votes, 54 percent of the total. Smith and Norrell received 784,165 or 46 percent.
    Turnout was heavy for a midterm election, with 55 percent of registered voters casting ballots statewide.

  • Midterm vote draws heavy early turnout

    As of Friday, Nov. 2, more absentee votes had already been cast in Lancaster County and across South Carolina than in the entire 2014 midterm election – and there were still three days of voting to go.
    “Based on absentee, I feel like we will be busy on Tuesday. That usually mirrors Election Day,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.