1,300 West Ashley voters getting new absentee ballots after ‘clerical error’


Photo by Tiffany Tertipes on Unsplash

Incorrect ballots were mailed to 1,324 voters living in West Ashley related to Charleston County Council elections in District 6 and 7. The county Board of Elections and Voter Registration said Wednesday that it is working to mail out replacement ballots.

Charleston County Republican Party Chair Maurice Washington said in a statement that he received a call Tuesday night from a West Ashley couple whose ballots did not include the names of those running for County Council in their district. 

“I immediately reached out and shared the information with Joe Debney, executive director of the Charleston County Election Commission,” Washington said in an email. “He pledged to correct this mistake immediately.”

Impacted voters who normally cast ballots in St. Andrews precincts 3, 4 and 28 will receive replacement absentee ballots in three to five business days. The mistake did not affect any other contested races included on ballots. Voters should only mail back the replacement ballot, which is marked with a purple stripe on the envelope.

In addition, 225 in-person absentee voters also received the wrong ballot for Council Districts 6 and 7. Some were unable to vote for the Charleston County Council candidate representing their district, and others were able to vote for a candidate outside their district. 

“State law does not allow for changes to those ballots and those votes will count,” a Charleston County press release read Wednesday.

In County Council District 6, Libertarian Melissa Couture, Republican Darryl Griffin and Democratic candidate Kylon Middleton are are in the race to fill a vacancy being left by incumbent Councilman Vic Rawl.

Voters affected in District 6:

  • By mail: 652 voters
  • In-person: 49 voters without the County Council 6 race on their ballot; 28 voters with the County Council 6 race on their ballots by mistake

In County Council District 7, Republican incumbent Brantley Moody faces a challenge from Libertarian candidate Sean Thornton.

Voters affected in District 7:

  • By mail: 672 voters
  • In-person: 148 voters

Charleston County Board of Elections Commission said it notified affected candidates and has contacted chairs of local Democratic and Republican parties.

“Please make sure that your ballots are complete and include all candidates running for office in your area,” Washington said.

Support the Charleston City Paper

We’ve been covering Charleston since 1997 and plan to be here with the latest and Best of Charleston for many years to come. In a time where local journalism is struggling, the City Paper is investing in the future of Charleston as a place where diverse, engaging views can flourish. We can't do it without our readers. If you'd like to support local, independent journalism:

UP NEXT FROM

FEATURE

The Agenda: 1,500 students could return to classrooms; SC cities defunding police … due to COVID-19

Lauren Hurlock

Charleston County Schools could bring back an additional 1,500 students for in-person learning by Nov. 11. Charleston County School District’s goal is to have 25,000 students learning in-person by Nov. 11, an additional 1,500 students and 60% of the district’s students. Source: WCSC Some South Carolina cities are defunding their police departments … due to […]


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

The Agenda: 1,500 students could return to classrooms; SC cities defunding police … due to COVID-19

Charleston County Schools could bring back an additional 1,500 students for in-person learning by Nov. 11. Charleston County School District’s goal is to have 25,000 students learning in-person by Nov. 11, an additional 1,500 students and 60% of the district’s students. Source: WCSC Some South Carolina cities are defunding their police departments … due to […]

200,000 in SC could get health coverage with Medicaid expansion

Analyses from the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities predict 191,664 South Carolinians would gain health coverage if the state expands Medicaid. According to the CBPP, Medicaid expansion narrows racial disparities in health coverage and access to care, and it improves coverage and health for parents and children. It would also put the state in a better position to respond to […]

Before You Go: Clinton mentions Haley in 2024 talk; Tropical impacts in SC?

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 755 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, with 20 additional confirmed deaths. With 6,158 on Sunday, the 12.3 percent of tests came back positive. As of 4:45 p.m. Oct. 26, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:Confirmed cases in S.C.:  163,946 (+755)Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 16,608 (+26)Negative tests in S.C.: 1,670,655Deaths […]

10/26 COVID-19 update: 12.3% positive, 755 cases; 20 deaths

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 755 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, with 20 additional confirmed deaths. With 6,158 on Sunday, the 12.3 percent of tests came back positive. As of 4:45 p.m. Oct. 26, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control:Confirmed cases in S.C.:  163,946 (+755)Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 16,608 (+26)Negative tests in S.C.: 1,670,655Deaths […]