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Government

  • Neal re-elected in District 44

    If the preliminary numbers are an accurate indicator, the voters in S.C. House District 44 are returning retired educator Jimmy Neal to the state General Assembly for his sixth full term.
    Neal, a Democrat, garnered 5,115 votes to Republican newcomer Rob McCoy’s 3,718 votes. If the numbers hold up, that means Neal got about 58 percent of the votes to McCoy’s 42 percent.
    Neal was the top vote-getter in 13 of the 18 precincts that encompass S.C. House District 44.

  • Mulvaney presumed winner over Spratt

    Late Tuesday night, Republican Mick Mulvaney thanked a crowded roomful of Republican supporters at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster for helping him win the U.S. House District 5 seat, unseating longtime Democratic incumbent John Spratt.
    Fellow Republican Deborah Long said an emotional Mulvaney thanked his parents, his wife, Pam, and the more than 1,000 volunteers who helped him win the race, especially John Major. Major drove Mulvaney’s bus all over the district, despite being recently diagnosed with cancer.

  • Shaw wins again

    It looks like Joe Shaw will continue his stint as the city of Lancaster’s longest-serving mayor.
    At press time Tuesday night, Shaw had garnered nearly 59 percent of the vote, in what was the only four-person contest for local voters this year.
    All results are unofficial, as Lancaster County election officials weren’t able to electronically download voting results from the county’s precincts. The Lancaster News was able to obtain unofficial results from paper printouts available to election officials.

  • Glitches stall vote count

    None of the numbers from the various races in Lancaster County in either local, state and national races are official. Computer problems with the county’s voting machine system had officials manually counting votes late into the night Tuesday.
    “We have two data bases and one won’t read the other,” said Rick Crimminger, chairman of the Lancaster County Election Commission. “We are having to manually enter everything from the paper tape. However, those paper tapes are not official results. They are only printouts.”

  • LPD to get more bulletproof vests

    The Lancaster Police Department has received federal money to buy bulletproof vests for its officers.
    On Tuesday, Lancaster City Council voted unanimously to authorize the department’s acceptance of a $5,619 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
    The money will pay for half the cost of 20 new bulletproof vests.
    “We’re fortunate to get that,” Police Chief Hugh White told council members said. “I appreciate the Department of Justice giving us what we need to operate.”

  • A look at the candidates on the ballot

    Staff reports
    Long lines are expected Tuesday as voters go to polls in Lancaster County to cast their votes in both hotly contested and low-key races.
    The 5th District congressional race between incumbent U.S. Rep. John Spratt, a Democrat from York, and state Sen. Mick Mulvaney, a Republican from Indian Land, has been especially intense. The two candidates have crisscrossed the district, faced off in debates and appeared in TV commercials that have promoted themselves, while often, criticizing the other.

  • Where to vote

    Listed below are the precincts, followed by polling location and street address:
    • Absentee – Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster     
    • Antioch – Antioch Baptist Church, 3052 Taxahaw Road, Lancaster
    • Belair – Indian Land High School gym, 8063 River Road, Indian Land
    • Belair II – Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land
    • Camp Creek – Camp Creek Baptist Church, 998 Potter Road, Lancaster

  • Four amendments on state ballot

    scvotes.org
    South Carolina voters have four amendments to the state Constitution to consider in the upcoming election. They involve hunting and fishing rights, secret ballot voting for labor union representatives and the state’s rainy day funds.     
    Amendment 1

  • Be prepared before you go to the polls

    Staff reports
    Take some time to prepare before next Tuesday’s election.
    Become familiar with the candidates, as well as the four proposed state constitutional amendments. Educate yourself on the issues and those running for office.
    Visit candidates’ websites and other sites, such as scvotes.org, which offer a plethora of information on candidates and voting.
    Know your voting precinct, especially if you have moved and are a new voter.

  • Official expects high turnout

    A county election official expects high turnout for Tuesday’s election.
    “The midterm elections usually have low turnout, but if the absentee precinct is any indication, this time is going to be a lot different,” county election official Cassie Stump said. “We’ve already voted over 2,000 and that’s huge for our office.”
    Stump said there are 47,287 registered voters in Lancaster County.