Polls open Tuesday

Published 8:26 pm Monday, March 2, 2020

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Early voting turned out 1,987 in Polk

COLUMBUS—With Joe Biden taking South Carolina during Saturday’s presidential primary, Polk County voters will have their chance to choose nominations on Tuesday. 

Polk County’s 7 polling places will be open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Early voting ended Saturday, with 1,987 Polk voters taking advantage. 

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Of the total early votes, there were 1,046 who chose the democratic ballot; 934 chose the republican ballot; 2 chose the libertarian ballot; 3 chose the green ballot and 2 chose the constitution ballot, according to the Polk County Board of Elections. 

More females early voted than males. There were 1,106 females who voted early compared to 861 males who voted early. 

Polk County has 7 polling places for Tuesday, including Sunny View Elementary School for the Coopers Gap Township; Isothermal Community College and Polk County High School for the Columbus Township; the Green Creek Fire Department for the Green Creek Township; Saluda Fire Department for the Saluda Township and the Harmon Field Cabin for the Tryon Township. 

North Carolina’s primary will include several state and federal races, including a candidate for U.S. President for each party. South Carolina has its presidential primary on Saturday, but only included presidential candidates for the democrat party. South Carolina republicans chose not to hold a presidential primary this year. 

In North Carolina, voters will vote based on their party. Different ballots are available for republican, democrat, libertarian, green and constitution parties. Unaffiliated voters will be able to choose which ballot they wish to vote between republican, democrat or libertarian. 

In South Carolina, any party was able to vote in the democrat presidential primary. 

Biden won in South Carolina by more than 150,000 votes over Bernie Sanders for the democratic presidential nomination. Tom Steyer came in third and has since withdrawn from the race, with Pete Buttigieg coming in fourth and also withdrawing from the race. Elizabeth Warren was fifth in South Carolina. 

To see sample ballots in North Carolina, people can visit the board of election page at polknc.org.