Early primary voters go to polls in Jasper County

A new law in South Carolina has allowed voters to cast their ballots early for the June 14 primaries and some Jasper County voters have already taken the opportunity to vote, officials said.

The law established two weeks of early voting before elections and three days of voting in the event of runoff elections.

Early voting in the 2022 primaries began May 31 and will continue until June 10 from 8:30 am to 5 pm each day, with offices closed June 4 and 5, according to the SC Election Commission. If runoffs are needed in any race, early voting will take place June 22-24.

“We have had 115 who have voted early so far,” Jasper County Board of Elections and Voter Registration director Jeanine Bostick said Thursday, the fourth day of early voting. “We also have had 55 absentee-by-mail ballots returned as of Thursday afternoon.”

Bostick said voters can go to the state election website to retrieve a copy of their sample ballot at www.scvotes.gov

In Jasper County, early voters can cast their ballots at the Voter Registration and Elections office at 1506 Grays Hwy., Unit A, Ridgeland. The office is located behind Polaris Tech Charter School. Voters will be asked to present photo ID.

James Clyburn

There is a pair of contested primaries for Jasper County voters. Three candidates are running for the Democratic nomination in the 6th Congressional District, which also has two candidates for the Republican nomination.

Incumbent Congressman James Clyburn faces challengers Gregg Marcel Dixon and Michael Addison. The Republican candidates are A. Sonia Morris and Duke Buckner.

Clyburn has been in office since 1993 and is from Sumter. As majority whip, he is the third-ranking Democrat in the US House of Representatives. His campaign website says he is working on issues including student debt relief, voting rights and immigration reform.

“He has a seat at the table when key decisions are being made in Washington and he works everyday to keep his promise to the people of South Carolina to put, ‘Service above self and principles above politics,’” the site says.

Gregg Marcel Dixon

Dixon is a Ridgeland resident who has taught for 17 years, the last 10 at Royal Live Oaks charter school in Hardeeville. He is a Jasper County native and said his family has lived in the Lowcountry since at least the mid-1700s.

“After 30 years of James Clyburn, South Carolina District 6 is the sixth-poorest in the United States out of 435 districts total, and we, its Black residents, are the poorest, as we are throughout the nation,” Dixon said. “Somehow, we have come to think of this as normal, but it is not normal, nor is it acceptable. I am running because we deserve better, and repairing Black America will fix all of America, because until we all stand, we all have fallen.”

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