The view from Lexington County: 2 precincts, 2 sides of the political spectrum
By Johnny Dickerson Edited by Gwendolyn Weiler
A sunny but cool day helped draw voters to two Lexington County polling places for this midterm election.
In the town of Lexington, in the staunchly Republican precinct of Providence Church, about 15 people waited in line. Almost all were white. Many knew each other. Light gossip – not politics – seemed to be the main topic of conversation.
About 20 miles to the southeast, the heavily Democratic Chalk Hill precinct was a scene far different from the paved roads and wooded areas around Providence Church.
Small and sometimes dilapidated homes off a patched highway lead to the polling place at Shiloh Methodist Church. Casual conversation also filled the polling place, but the crowd here was more a mix of white and black voters. About 10 people waited in line for one of seven voting machines to open up.
Turnout was reported to be high in both precincts.