County voters out early to cast ballots

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By Greg Summers

When it came to voting on Election Day, Marlena Norwood didn’t have a hidden agenda.

Poll manager Casey Usher had flipped on the lights inside the fellowship hall at Spring Hill Baptist Church about 15 minutes before Norwood arrived at 6:05 a.m. and slipped inside to take the first seat. 

The Spring Hill precinct has a little more than 1,700 registered voters. Discounting those who decided to vote absentee before Tuesday, Norwood was the first voter at that precinct.

By the time she signed in to vote when the polls opened at 7 a.m., there were almost 70 people waiting in line behind her.

It was the sign of things to come for poll workers.

“I think it’s gonna be hectic,” Usher said.

Norwood treated Election Day just like any other  workday morning, except for taking the time to let her voice be heard in the White House, the S.C. General Assembly and in County Council chambers in the Lancaster County Administration Building on Main Street.

Norwood said it’s not like she intentionally planned to be the first in line at the precinct in the eastern part of the county. For her, voting early was a matter of necessity. 

“I have to be at work at 7 a.m., but I wanted to vote first,” said Norwood, a network specialist for Verizon Wireless in Charlotte, N.C.

When it comes to the top issues facing America right now, the answers are varied, depending on who you ask.

For some, job creation is pivotal. For others, it’s the economy, health care, gasoline prices, the environment, government spending and debt, a balanced budget, education, women’s rights, foreign policy and maintaining a strong military.

However to Norwood, that’s not the question that needs to be addressed. For the married mother of an adult son, it comes down to morals. Norwood said she doesn’t have a hidden agenda when saying where she stands.

“I’m a believer in Jesus Christ and I want the best for our country,” she said. “More than anything else, I’d like to see the United States turn back to God. That’s my chief concern.” 

“That’s what we need to do and for us to do that, it takes godly leaders,” Norwood said. “For me, it’s about morality.”  


 Contact Greg Summers at (803) 283-1156