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On Tuesday, registered voters across the state will be able to exercise one of the most precious privileges democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent them in their government. And although it’s just the primary and Lancaster County has only one local race, the primary will still determine who will fill some key posts in the state. The one local race in Lancaster County is the County Council District 2 race. Blondale Funderburk is challenging incumbent Charlene McGriff. The District 2 seat became available last year when Fred Thomas, council member and chairman, vacated his seat to become a magistrate. A special primary and election were needed to fill Thomas’s unexpired term. McGriff defeated Funderburk, 371-345, in the special primary in September. The majority of Funderburk’s votes came from absentee ballots. In the special primary in November, McGriff, the Democratic nominee, faced an unknown write-in candidate. When the votes were tallied, McGriff won 397-183. The unknown candidate was Funderburk, who received the 183 write-in votes from absentee ballots. Funderburk said she was not involved in the write-in campaign nor did she know who was behind it. Now that the District 2 seat is up for election, it’s deja vu again. McGriff and Funderburk again are vying for the seat. Election officials report that there have been more then 700 requests for absentee ballots. Given the outcome of the primary, it could happen again in the November general election. “This is the same thing we had last year,” said Cassie Stump, director of Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission. “This is even the same candidates. In essence, we’ve had a similar election four times.” The GOP primary will decide four state races – lieutenant governor, state treasurer, attorney general and comptroller general. Republicans will vote in seven races and help decide two advisory questions: Governor – Gresham Barrett, Andre Bauer, Nikki R. Haley or Henry McMaster Lieutenant governor – Ken Ard, Bill Conner, Eleanor Kitzman or Larry Richter State treasurer – Converse Chellis (incumbent) or Curtis Loftis Attorney general – Robert Bolchoz, Leighton Lord or Alan Wilson Comptroller general – Richard A. Eckstrom (incumbent) or Mike Meilinger State superintendent of education – Gary L. Burgess, Elizabeth Moffly, Brent Nelsen, Kelly Payne, Glenn C. Price or Mick Zais U.S. Senate – Jim DeMint (incumbent) or Susan McDonald Gaddy Democrats will vote in three races: Governor – Robert Ford, Jim Rex or Vincent Sheheen State superintendent of education – Frank Holleman or Tom Thompson U.S. Senate – Alvin M. Green or Vic Rawl In November, the Democratic and Republican primary winners will face off for governor, state superintendent of education and a U.S. Senate seat. In the June 8 primary, voters must vote either Democratic or Republican. You can’t vote on both tickets. This is important for those voters in the County Council District 2 to rememember. If you live in District 2 and vote on the Republican ballot, you will not be able to vote for your District 2 representative. The District 2 race is on the Democratic ballot. Think long and hard about who you want to represent you in these offices. If you don’t know much about them, visit www.thelancasternews.com and click on the “Political Races” button on the top left to see candidate bios or visit their own Web sites. Learn how the candidates feel about issues important to you. See where they stand. Do you trust their judgment? And don’t forget to actually go to the polls and vote. The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. If you don’t know where you are to vote, call the Voter Registration Office at (803) 285-2969. Your vote is no small thing. It’s your voice in our political system and each vote really does count. So study your choices and make plans now to vote Tuesday. See you at the polls.