The view from Coldstream: Flags, a line and a last minute plea
By Scott Waggoner Edited by Gwendolyn Weiler
On a brisk morning in Irmo, voters at the Coldstream precinct piled into Nursery Road Elementary School to cast their vote. About 80 voters formed a long line, which spilled into the school's cafeteria from the front lobby. Some voters showed pride for their country wearing American flag T-shirts, while one voter's car had a bumper sticker of the Gadsden flag, which illustrates the words "Don't tread on me," a motto popular among Tea Party supporters.
Mary Kennerly, principal for Nursery Road Elementary for 21 years, greeted all voters as they walked up the stairs of the school. She asked them to vote for Roberta Ferrell, who was running for the Lexington-Richland District 5 school board. Kennerly was there since 9 a.m. and planned to stay two more hours, running on a mug of coffee to maintain her enthusiasm when greeting each voter.
It was calm inside the school, where voters kept to themselves. The wait to vote was about 30 minutes and voters didn't appear to be in any hurry. Many brought their kids and were busy entertaining them while they waited. All six of the machines were working fine except for one, which needed to be replaced at 9 a.m.
Two poll workers helped a disabled man in his car cast his vote on one of the portable machines. The two workers stood in front of the car to prevent anybody who was walking by from seeing how he voted.
Poll workers Paula Langston and Amy Long enjoyed working the polls and were impressed with the turnout. Long said she worked during the summer primaries, where she saw a far less turnout than today.