Lines were longer than usual for a mid-term election, but no major snafus have been reported as voting got under way across Beaufort County today, poll workers say.
In southern Beaufort County, large crowds were seen at Hilton Head Plantation and in Bluffton.
North of the Broad River, Lady’s Island precincts reported heavier-than-usual turnout for off-cycle elections. Herbert Jamison, a poll manager at the Lady’s Island Airport, said 945 voters are registered in Lady’s Island Precinct 3B, and 35 of them had voted by 7:15 a.m., nearly triple the turnout at that point in the last mid-terms in 2006.
A poll manger at Coosa Island Elementary said a line of about 20 had formed before the polls opened at 7 a.m. About 1,450 voters are registered in Lady’s Island Precinct 2A, and 118 had voted by 9:05 a.m.
Down the road at Broomfield Recreation Center, about 195 of 1,905 registered voters had cast ballots at Lady’s Island 3A by 9:50 a.m., according to poll manager Frank Hamilton.
Hamilton reported just one glitch — one of the five machines there wasn’t working properly early in the morning, but a county worker had it up and running again by about 7:50 a.m., he said.