Aiken County ‘Poll Watchers’ encouraged by voter turnout on Election Day

Aiken County Poll Watchers says they’re encourage by the number of voters they've seen out on Election Day.
Aiken County Poll Watchers says they’re encourage by the number of voters they've seen out on Election Day.

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – Aiken County Poll Watchers says they’re encourage by the number of voters they’ve seen out on Election Day.

Statewide absentee voting went up 25 percent from the last election.

Anytime there’s a presidential candidate on the ballot, more people tend to head out to the polls.

At prescient 6 and 47, the Poll Director is happy to report they’ve surpassed 50 percent voter turnout.

“It’s been crazy! Like when it started this morning there were at least 100 people outside,” Cerrin Varnadore told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

Varnadore is a student at South Aiken High School who volunteered her Tuesday to work as a Poll Manager for precinct 6 and 47 in Aiken County.

The high school Senior says she’s still 17 and won’t get a chance to make her voice heard in this election, but that’s not stopping her from helping others cast their ballots.

“There’s so much controversy surrounding the election, and people are actually voting instead of not voting.” Varnadore said.

Some Poll Watchers who spent Election Day visiting different precinct, say they are pleased with what they’ve seen so far.

“We’ve observed a great turnout in the 5 precincts we visited,” Luretha O’Connor told WJBF NewsChannel 6. “People seem very energized to be voting.”

Luretha and Bill O’Conner made a quick stop at the O’Dell Weeks Center and then it was off to the next poll location.

The couple says they make sure voters are following the rules, including no campaigning within 200 feet of precincts.

O’Conner says her generation knows the struggles many Americans endured to gain the right to vote.

In her 70 years, seeing more millennials taking the time to get involved in politics is a sign of a country that continues to move in the right direction.

“I’m encouraged by young people and the process of them voting and looking at them working the polls,” O’Conner said. “We saw several young Poll Managers.“

There are a total of 9 electoral votes at stake here in the Palmetto State.

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