The view from Oak Pointe and Old Friarsgate: Please vote for mom
By Jennifer Standard Edited by Gwendolyn Weiler
At least 30 political signs lined both sides of the driveway leading to the polls at Oak Pointe Elementary School in Irmo. Two campaigners with brightly colored placards made last-minute pleas for people to vote for their candidate.
At 2 p.m., the parking lot had plenty of open spaces, as a trickle of people walked into the 4-year-old school. There were no lines. About four people quietly waited in the hallway for their chance to vote after being checked in by table of poll workers.
A few women with strollers or toddlers made their way out after voting.
In the morning there had been an hourlong wait, poll worker Colette Swann said.
"The turnout was heavy," she said. "There were lines out the door and down the hall."
Even then, Swann said, people had been patient and "upbeat."
At Old Friarsgate precinct at Dutch Fork Elementary School, three young people sat on the steps, greeted a few voters and urged them to vote for various Richalnd-Lexingotn District 5 school board candidates.
Emily Murphy, a Clemson University student, asked voters to choose her mother, Kim Murphy.
She said she had been coming home every chance she had to help make signs for her mom's campaign, They were among those along the drive to the precinct.
Inside, Vernetta Reiley, who has been a poll worker for 45 years, checked in a few older people as they waited for their turn at one of the five polls.
Reiley said 20 people were waiting outside when the polls opened at 7 a.m. But they had been "moving them pretty good," she said, and the wait hadn't averaged more than 15 minutes.
By 2:45 p.m., about 430 people out of 1,200 registered in the precinct had voted.