Turnout light in Rock Hill’s Ward 5 election; confusion at some precincts

Posted October 15, 2013 4:46 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

Voter turnout in the municipal election for Rock Hill’s Ward 5 city council seat has been predictably light today.

As of 1:30 p.m., York County’s Voter Registration and Elections office reported 169 votes for the city council race had been cast; including 27 at the Mt. Holly precinct, 2 at Northside, 8 at Ogden, 62 at Edgewood, 23 at Rock Hill No. 2, 24 at Rock Hill No. 6, 23 at Rock Hill No. 8 and 0 at Highland Park.

A total of 7,361 voters are eligible to vote in today’s election, which is split across those eight precincts, bringing the turnout to roughly 2%.

At the Rock Hill City Hall polling place, poll watchers told WRHI that some voters had to be turned away because they were not eligible to vote in today’s election.

Some, like voter Sandy Johnson, were ready to vote for one of the three candidates for the Ward 5 council seat, but were told they do not live in the district.

“I wasn’t disappointed,” Johnson said, “I wanted to make sure I was exercising my right to vote.”

The county elections office says some voters may be confused at the polls today, as Rock Hill’s wards were recently redrawn.

Stay tuned to News Talk 94.3 WRHI and WRHI.com for the latest updates on today’s election. Polls close at 7 p.m., results should start arriving around 8 p.m.