Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Turnout Turnabout?

Most political experts agreed that turnout in the 2006 General Election would be low, a prevailing mindset that was reinforced when forecasts showed Election Day would be cold and rainy throughout South Carolina.

But is that what's really happening?

We won't know until later, but FITS has received reports from Spartanburg, Greenville, Lexington and Charleston counties that would seem to indicate turnout may be brisker than initially anticipated.

Greenville's morning TV stations were all reporting heavier-than-expected turnout.

Also, we know that the Election Commission is reporting that more absentee ballots have been cast this year than last year - just over 80,000 this go-round compared with 77,800 in 2002.

Voters are also spending more time than usual behind the curtain, a result of the multiple Constitutional questions (gay marriage, international investing, reassessment caps, eminent domain, etc.) on this year's ballot. That means longer lines, which could make things very interesting when the 5 p.m. blitz comes.

Remember, the majority of voters cast their ballots after work, so the real rush on polling places has yet to begin.

Tell us what you're seeing and hearing out there in the comments section below ...

It's easy - just type in your comment, your name and tell us what you saw in your neck of the woods when you went to vote!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greenville = HEAVY. Long lines and it is some drizzle but not enough to keep people from voting.

You got my vote for Secretary of State Sic Willie!

11:48 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not raining much in Columbia either. I was No. 131 at 8:05 AM at my precinct which is strongly GOP. Heavier than normal.

11:52 AM

Blogger STR said...

It's been raining in spartanburg all morning but its just misting. Havent voted yet but the 2 people I talked to have said the lines have been long.

11:58 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Election officials said that voter turnout has been steady in the Upstate so far Tuesday, despite the rain.

In Greenville County, elections director Conway Belangia said that he expects 60 percent to 65 percent turnout, just shy of what would be expected for a year with a presidential race.

Typically, midterm elections have lower voter turnout.

12:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mount P Here. Long lines and steady turn out. A lot like 2004.

12:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert Barber was turned away from the polls today, after the poll manager swore that his legal name was High Paid Lobbyist. She said she saw it on TV.

12:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Will who's party will you be at tonight? Im thinking T-Rav's will be the most fun. Any thoughts on that from you?

12:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sic Willie I wrote you in as Secretary of State this morning.

12:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old Woodlands Columbia...I was number 48 @ 7:20 this AM...and that is in the first line. Long lines. Boyd Summers was there as was Jim Harrison's wife shaking and baking. Heavy turnout though

12:25 PM

Blogger faithinsound said...

The three main parties are Sanford's (Liberty Tap Room), T-Rav/Andre/Eckstrom (Willy's) and the Democratic Party (Clarion Town House). The Back Porch on Gervais (right across from Town House) should be hopping too.

Since Sanford's party and the T-Rav/Andre/Eckstrom bash are literally a block away from each other, expect Lincoln Street in the Vista to be where most people are hanging out.

Karen Floyd is apparently having her own event at a bed and breakfast on Richland Street in Columbia, but word is that there will be no booze at the Floyd event, thus severely diminishing it's attendance.

Sic Willie? He's generally a hermit on election day. He will probably be doing his usual thing and channeling Hugh Hefner in a robe and sweatpants someplace exceedingly private.

If he shows at all, it will be to thank his dozen or so supporters in the Secretary of State's race!

12:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will, what the heck is up with Patterson's ad attacking you? I just heard it today. Kind of F'd up dont ya think?

12:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Small town USA. Mullins, SC

Raining. Light this morning and heavy now.

6th in line when I showed up at 6:40. When my wife showed up 15 minutes later I slid back in line to her position(8th).

Voters were starting to show up but fairly light. Some confusion from the poll workers as they were not familar with the new machines nor the local (city council) procedures.

Took about a minute to vote after getting to the new machine. Was easier than I expected from not having seen this type before.


1:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got in line just after 7 in Fort Mill -- faced a long line and parking lot was full...

1:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over 400 people have voted as of 1:00 p.m. at Ocean Drive Beach 2 in North Myrtle Beach. Strong turnout.

1:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

rain picking up in Columbia during lunch hour

1:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will I voted for you as Secretary of State.

1:46 PM



I hope you realize the disservice you are doing to Mark Hammond with this write-in attack. If he loses by a hundred votes, you will have insured that a Democrat becomes the next Secretary of State.

Mark Hammond is one of the most selfless public servents in this state and he has done a magnificent job managing this office. Should he lose it because of your juvenile shenanigans, it would be a tragedy for South Carolina.

If any one has not done so already, please VOTE MARK HAMMOND - REPUBLICAN FOR SECRETARY OF STATE.

We must keep this humble and conservative leader at his post.

2:04 PM

Blogger faithinsound said...

Dear Hammond Supporter,

Holy cow.

1) It's "ensure," not "insure." Unless you want to quote us some rates.

2) It's "servant" not "servent."

3) If more than six people actually write Will's name in on the ballot, we will be shocked.

4) It's the Secretary of State's office for crying out loud. We could replace Mark Hammond with a clapping seal and it wouldn't make a bit of difference.

Enjoy your service,


2:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Polls 'busy,' Belangia says
Elections director predicting turnout of 65 percent or higher

Published: Tuesday, November 7, 2006 - 12:08 pm

By Donna Isbell Walker

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Damp weather isn't keeping voters away from the polls today, said Conway Belangia, director of elections and voter registration for Greenville County.

"It's been extremely busy all morning," Belangia said shortly before noon.

If the current pace of voting continues throughout the day, it would mean a turnout of 65 percent or higher for this election, Belangia said.

2:28 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heavy in Cherokee. Norman has some support.

2:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Above link of Sanford looking for his voter id card....this is posted on CNN.com.....good job Gov way to grab the headlines today.

2:50 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted absentee ballot and turnout was low.

2:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steady rain, long lines and a poll manager inappropriately "explaining" the ballot amendments to voters in West Ashley....................

7:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

forest acres (brockman school) about 615 - i was one of about 10 there. also wrote in will folks for secretary of state.

8:41 PM


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