Every vote counts and every vote matters

Dear Editor,

On Tuesday, April 11, we go to the polls to elect school board trustees for Barnwell County’s three school districts. This should be one of the most supported elections, since this is dealing with our schools and the future of our county.

Unfortunately, this election is one of the least supported in terms of voter turnout.

In the Blackville-Hilda District 19 and Williston-Elko District 29, only the incumbents filed for office for the one seat open in each of these districts. In Barnwell District 45, there are four candidates vying for two open seats.

On March 9, 2017, the election of an Allendale County candidate for county council in a primary was decided by ONE VOTE.

Under the S.C. election laws, a candidate must win a partisan primary by the majority of the vote, defined as fifty percent, plus one vote. Total votes cast in the Allendale election were 384 for four people running in this primary. The winning candidate received a total of 193 votes; one half was 192 of the total vote count, plus one. So every VOTE counts!

On June 14, 2016 in Barnwell County, a county council race was lost by ONE VOTE. A runoff was scheduled in two weeks due to this one vote.

Know the candidates, contact them and know their position on key issues. We need to elect those candidates that do not accept the status quo.

The school board election is a non-partisan election, decided by the plurality of the vote, defined as the number of votes cast for a candidate who receives more than any other but does not receive an absolute majority. The two candidates receiving the most votes will win the two open seats.

Every VOTE counts and every VOTE matters!

Ben Kinlaw,