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The Obligatory Election Day Turnout Post




Our founding editor Will Folks – a.k.a. Sic Willie – got up bright and early this morning and took his two eldest children with him to Melrose Park in downtown Columbia, S.C. (a.k.a. the polling location for his precinct).

After waiting in line for about forty minutes, Sic was the 110th person at his precinct to step up to the electronic voting machine and cast his ballot.

His selections?

*Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson for president

*”Donald Duck” (over U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson) for South Carolina’s second congressional district

*Kirkman Finlay for the S.C. House of Representatives

*”Yes” on a constitutional amendment  that would require governors and lieutenant governors to run on the same ticket

*”No” on a local sales tax hike

The rest of Sic’s ballot was left blank … a sad commentary on the diminished choices we have as voters here in the Palmetto State.

After abysmal turnout during the 2012 primary elections this summer, voter participation is soaring this go-round.  According to the S.C. Election Commission (SCEC) more than 375,000 South Carolinians submitted absentee ballots this year – a new record.

“Republican” presidential nominee Mitt Romney is expected to cruise to victory in South Carolina – where turnout is projected to exceed the 1.9 million mark from four years ago, when U.S. Sen. John McCain scored a 54 to 45 percent win over Barack Obama.

Where did you vote?  What was the turnout like?  Who was on your ballot?

Post your experiences/ choices in our comments section below …