October 25, 2013
LAURINBURG — After a little more than a week and a total of 84 ballots cast, the Scotland County municipality with the most early voters is one where all candidates are running unopposed.
Laurinburg’s District 1 and District 2 have since Oct. 17 seen a total of 76 ballots cast — 23 and 53 respectively.
J.D. Willis is running for the District 1 city council seat to which he was appointed in September 2012 as Herbert Rainer’s successor. Drew Williamson is seeking to keep the District 2 seat he was appointed to in late 2011, finishing the unexpired term of Tommy Parker when Parker was elected mayor. Former city clerk Dolores (Dee) Hammond has filed for the open at-large seat on the council, vacated by Kenton Spencer.
In Gibson — where incumbent mayor Ronnie Hudson will be challenged by Town Clerk Myra Tyndall and Charles Fletcher, Belton L. Chavis, Jr., and former Town Manager Ken Haney are challenging incumbents Lula Adelle Cottingham, Charles Webb, and Pete Wilkins — five people have made their way to the polls.
Two people have voted in East Laurinburg, where Commissioner Wayne Caulder will run unopposed for the office of mayor. May Rachel Hines and other newcomers, Tyresa Haywood and David Cooper, will run against incumbent Cleon Robinson, Jr. for three two-year terms on the East Laurinburg commission.
One Wagram resident has cast a ballot. All of Wagram’s incumbent officers — Mayor Milton Farmer and council members Robert McLaughlin, Hyder Massey, Jr., and Jackie Laviner — will run unopposed.
Friday saw 8 voters visit the Scotland County Board of Elections and Thursday, 5, adding to the 5-day total of 71.
One-stop voting for Scotland County’s municipal elections, held at the Board of Elections office of the county’s annex building at 231 E. Cronly St., will end on Nov. 2.
Voting will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each business day except for Nov. 2, when the office will close at 1 p.m.
At one-stop voting, residents can complete a voter registration application and provide proof of residency in order to cast a ballot. For acceptable forms of identification or for more information on voting, visit http://www.scotlandcounty.org/voter-guide.aspx.
Voters needing an absentee ballot will have until 5 p.m. on Oct. 29 to apply. Completed absentee ballots must be received at the elections office by 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, or postmarked by 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 and arrive by 5 p.m. on Nov. 8.