S.C. polls open tomorrow

Published 12:28 pm Monday, November 1, 2010

South Carolina voters will make several decisions tomorrow on election day.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. with residents in Landrum voting at the Landrum United Methodist Church, 227 N. Howard Avenue in Landrum.

Greenville County residents in the Lake Lanier and Gowensville areas will vote at the Gowensville Community Center, 14186 Hwy. 11, Campobello.

South Carolina has several contested seats, with the most publicized being the governor. Voters will choose from Nikki Haley (R), Morgan Bruce Reeves (United Citizens Party) and Vincent Sheheen (D).

Other state positions to be decided include a race between Ken Ard (R) and Ashley Cooper (D) for lieutenant governor; a race for secretary of state between incumbent Mark Hammond (R) and Marjorie Johnson (R); a race for S.C. attorney general between Matthew Richardson (D) and Alan Wilson (R) and a race for S.C superintendent of education between Frank Holloman III (D), Timothy Moultrie (L) and Mick Zais (R).

A U.S. Senate seat is also up for re-election, with South Carolina voters choosing from incumbent Jim DeMint (R), Tom Clements (Green Party), Nathalie Duprex (write in), Mazie Ferguson (write in), Alvin M. Greene (D) and Greg Snoad (write in).

Paul Corley (D), Dave Edwards (Constitution Party), Trey Gowdy (R), Rick Mahler (L) and C. Faye Walters (Green Party) are vying for a U.S. Senate seat.

Landrum and other area Spartanburg County voters will choose a new S.C. House of Representative for District 38 from Jerry Blanton (Constitution Party), Doug Brannon (R) and John Lewis (D).

Area Greenville County residents will choose either Tom Corbin (R) or Stephen Salter (D) for the S.C. State House of Representatives seat for District 17.

South Carolina ballots will also include four referendums tomorrow to amend the state constitution.

One question will ask whether South Carolina residents should have a constitutional right to hunt and fish. Legislators voted to add the measure to this years ballot, saying that the amendment is needed in case gun control forces eventually try to restrict the sports.

Another referendum asks voters to determine if a secret ballot is a fundamental individual right in deciding whether workers are represented by a labor union.

Two other questions deal with financial proposals. One would increase the amount of money that state government must maintain in its general reserve or rainy day fund from 3 percent to 5 percent of the previous fiscal years revenue.

Another proposal would require that the first priority of the states capital reserve fund would be to replenish that rainy day fund instead of offsetting midyear budget cuts at state agencies.