Friday, November 9, 2012
In a statement following their petition to halt a recount of all Richland County votes, the GOP leaders called for results to be certified.
After a judge issued a recount of all Richland County votes, the South Carolina GOP filed a petition to halt that recount. Much of the debate comes from the Senate 75 race between Democrat Joe McCulloch and Republican Kirkman Finlay. Finlay, at the end of the tally on Wednesday night, lead by 300 votes. The GOP argues that this is more than one percent as a one percent difference would trigger an automatic recount. You can read the petition here. The statement in full follows:
A judge ordered all Richland County votes cast Tuesday to be recounted amid the chaos surrounding elections. Republicans disagree.
Updated 8:06 a.m. The South Carolina Republicans will head to the state Supreme Court Friday morning to ask a judge to halt the recount, The State reports. On Friday, SC Democrats sued over the Joe McCulloch-Kirkman Finlay Senate 75 seat that was separated by less than 300 votes at the end of the 24-hour initial count of vots. See other coverage from elections: Original report follows: After reports that long lines turned away voters and the election results took more than 24 hours to count, a judge ordered all Richland County votes to be recounted, The State reports. All Richland County officials will be banned from any part of the recount, The State reports. Patch will be at the Richland County Elections office bringing you updates…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Find out who won in Richland One and the details about the penny tax on Patch.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The youngest candidate failed to make the grade for Richland One Board of Trustees.
Vince Ford and Barbara Scott, both incumbents, were re-elected to the two seats elected at large for Richland One over Antjuan Seawright and Moriah Jackson. Antjuan Seawright at 27-years-old was the youngest candidate to run for Richland One and came in 5,000 votes behind Scott. For seat two, incumbent Jamie Devine beat Racquel Dobbs. With 122 of 124 precincts reporting, the elections have been called.
A photographer and an incumbent go head-to-head.
Newcomer Michael Koska lost to incumbent Joyce Dickerson in the Richland County Council 2 election. With 122 of 124 precincts reporting, Dickerson will unofficially represent District 2. For more on the candidates, see the Election Guides. Click here for County Council 7 results and here for County Council 8.
Michael Letts, candidate for County Council District 8, penned a formal complaint to the Richland County Board of Elections concerning the disastrous elections yesterday.
To: Richland County Election Commissioners To: Lillian McBride, Executive Director, Richland County Election Commission To: S.C. Election Commissioners From: Michael Letts I wish to file a formal complaint regarding the November 6th General Election in Richland County. There are two points of contention: 1. Several voters told me they cast a straight-party Democrat vote, but also separately cast a vote for me on the same ballot; yet during the final step in the process, when they were asked by the voting machine to look over the votes they had cast, their votes showed up as being for the Democratic candidate. (In addition to multiple voters telling me this, at least one other candidate has received this complaint from voters in …
After a day of four-hour waits at Richland County polls, the vote counting ran into the early morning.
As of 2:30 a.m. only 104 of the 124 Richland County polling precincts were reported at the Voter Registration Office. At that time, the penny sales tax was neck and neck at 50.49 percent "yes" and 49.51 percent "no." Incumbent John Courson had a strong lead over Robert Rikard, 62 percent to 38 percent for Senate seat 20. For full numbers, see this story. Incumbent Joyce Dickerson also had a strong lead over political newcomer Michael Koska. For Richland One, Vince Ford and Barbara Scott lead the other candidates by more than 3,000 votes. Jamie Devine had an 80 percent lead over Racquel Dobbs for Richland One Seat Two. These numbers are as of 2:30 a.m. Faulty booths caused polling places to be overloaded with voters. The last reported …
Incumbent John Courson receives 60 percent of votes.
Republican Sen. John Courson is leading his Democratic opponent Robert Rikard. With 27 of 28 precincts reporting, Courson won with 60 percent (16,617) and Rikard had 38 percent (10,279). Green Party candidate Scott West received 3 percent (899). Rikard, a lawyer at the Columbia firm Rikard & Protopapas, LLC, was the first Democrat to compete for the seat in 12 years. Courson has held the seat for 27 years and is the Senate president pro tempore.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Stay with Patch for updates, but check this list out before you leave home.
1. It's supposed to be cold and rainy in Richland County. See details on Election Day weather here, but just don't forget an umbrella. 2. For clarification on what a "yes" vote or "no" vote means for the state and county issues--not candidates--see this document. The only statewide question on the ballot is concerning the Governor and Lt. Governor being elected on the same ticket in 2018. 3. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. 4. In order to vote, you must have your voter registration certificate, a valid South Carolina driver's license or photo ID card. 5. Patch will be at the polls all day. Stop to tell us about your voting experience or just to chat. Be sure to stay with us throughout the day for updates on the races.
The world has continued to turn without my vote for this long, why mess with it now?
It’s not that I haven’t tried to vote. When I was 20 and a junior in college, my registration—along with a few thousand other students’—got lost somewhere in the mail or the hands of a poll worker. Then in 2010, I tried to vote in Georgia and you guessed it—my registration got lost again. This year, I fought back a little. OK, not really. I just went to the office in person to make sure they didn’t lose it or misplace my name. Yea, I surely outsmarted those slippery USPS workers this year. And, nearly six years after turning 18, I’ll be able to vote for the first time. This has been a tumultuous campaign run and with our current system, it’s easy to wonder “why even vote?” But after this whole ordeal I've kind of adopted the Winnie the …