PICKENS COUNTY — Registered voters in Pickens County headed to the polls June 14 in the lone primary for the Republican party and hit a high in turnout for the last four years.
Of the registered voters in Pickens County, 22.35 percent cast ballots Tuesday topping the 21.8 percent posted during the June 2014 primary.
The June 2014 primary saw only 15.36 percent of voters cast ballots.
Rodney Allen, executive director of the Board of Voter Registration and Elections, said turnout for presidential selections hovers around 40 percent and although this was a strong turnout for a June primary, he would like to see the number higher.
“It was a good turnout for the primary but I wish it was closer to 90 percent to 100 percent turnout,” Allen said.
Of the seats up for grabs, only two contests were decided in the primary. Rep. Neal Collins retained the seat for the S.C. House of Representatives District 5 and incumbent Sheriff Rick Clark defeated Tim Morgan to remain at the head of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.
Runoffs will be held in the following races:
• S.C. Senate District 2 between incumbent Larry Martin and challenger Rex Rice.
• County Council District 3 between Alex Saitta and Wes Hendricks.
• County Council District 4 with incumbent G. Neil Smith squeezing into the runoff by eight votes against challenger Roy Costner.
• County Council District 5 to be decided between Chris Bowers and Jeff Willis.
The runoff will be held June 28. Voters who were registered by May 14 are eligible to participate, even if they did not participate in the June 14 primary, according to Allen.
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