Congressional primary turnout underwhelming, all polling places open Tuesday

Published 8:06 pm Friday, April 26, 2019

Turnout in Beaufort County during the one-stop voting period for the 3rd Congressional district primary was underwhelming, according to Beaufort County Board of Elections personnel, but local voters have one more chance to go to the polls on Tuesday.

All told, 1,922 people voted in Beaufort County during one-stop voting, or 6.12 percent of registered voters. Friday was the busiest day at the BOE during the early-voting period with 365 people casting ballots.

“It’s been low, which was expected,” Said Beaufort County Board of Elections Director Kellie Hopkins on Friday. “You really never know how it’s going to turn out on Election Day. Here lately, it seems like about half of the folks vote early, but with this particular election, we’ve never had one before, so there’s nothing to compare it to.”

While one-stop voting throughout the district ended Friday, all 21 polling places throughout Beaufort County will be open from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. There will be no voting at the Beaufort County Board of Elections.

“Voter ID is nor required for this election,” Hopkins said. “Voter ID will begin Jan. 1, 2020, so if anybody is worried about not having an ID, that won’t be an issue during this election.

By the time the dust settles Tuesday evening, the crowded field of Congressional candidates will be culled to one or two candidates on Republican, Democratic and Libertarian ballots.

If no one candidate receives 30 percent of the vote during this election, a runoff primary election will be held on July 9, with the general election falling on Sept. 10. With six democrats and 17 Republicans running, that 30 percent margin may be prove elusive.

For election night coverage, live from the Beaufort County Board of Elections, visit on Tuesday evening.