Saluda records highest voter turnout in municipal election

Published 8:12 pm Saturday, November 14, 2015


By Leah Justice

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Last week’s municipal election in Polk County showed a range of voter turnout for the towns of Columbus and Tryon and City of Saluda.

Saluda recorded the highest voter turnout of the three municipalities with 37 percent of registered voters casting votes.

Columbus recorded the lowest turnout with just nine percent of registered voters casting votes.

Tryon had a 24 percent voter turnout.

There are currently 773 registered voters in the town limits of Columbus with 72 of those registered voters casting votes for the Tuesday, Nov. 3 election.

In Saluda, there are currently 514 registered voters in the city limits with 189 casting votes.

In Tryon there are currently 1,467 registered voters in the town limits and 352 of those voted in last week’s election.

The official election results were reported this week from the Polk County Board of Elections.

In Columbus, mayor Eric McIntyre retained his seat along with council members Margaret Metcalf and Richard Hall. Newcomer Mark Phillips won the seat vacated by Scott Hamby.

In Saluda, Stanley Walker and Leon Morgan won the two open commissioners seats.

In Tryon, Alan Peoples won the mayor seat with the two open commissioner seats being filled by Crys Armbrust and Roy Miller.