Local elections in Aiken County are expected to be pretty low-key on Tuesday, but a few of the smaller municipalities do have several seats to fill.
Nov. 5 Election Polling Places
Precincts Polling Place (location)
Bath 7 LBC Middle School, 29 Lions Trail
Langley 18 Langley Community Center, 2724 Augusta Road
Lynwood 19 Burnettown Municipal Building, 3144 Augusta Road
Midland Valley 51 Midland Valley Community Church of Nazarene, 3526 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Midland Valley 71 Midland Valley Community Church of Nazarene, 3526 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Monetta 21 Monetta Community Center - 266 Academy St.
Wagener 39 Wagener Town Hall - 147 Center St.
Perry 31 Perry Town Hall - 1075 East Railroad Ave.
Wagener, Burnettown, Perry and Monetta all have town council seats expiring this year. The City of Aiken has four seats up for election, but only incumbents filed.
Current Wagener Mayor Mike Miller and Councilman Joey Black are both running for the Wagener mayoral seat. Burnettown's mayoral seat is also expiring and four people are vying for that position – incumbent C.H. Williams, current council members James E. McIntosh and Danny Feagin, and Henry Carlin.
Burnettown also has three candidates bidding for two town council at-large seats. The candidates include Jonathan R. Dicks, Anthony Kirkland and Janet Cox West.
The Town of Monetta has three candidates running for two town council at-large seats – Douglas E. Music, Johnny Salters and Nathan J. Shuler.
Sandra Collins and Renee Hooker are both running for one Perry Town Council seat.
Aiken City Council members Reggie Ebner of District 4, Lessie Price of District 2, and Steve Homoki and Phillip Merry who currently serve at-large seats all had terms expiring this year, but each are left unchallenged.
Cynthia Holland, executive director of Aiken County Registration and Elections, said because they only had certified incumbents file, it's not required by law that an election be held for this particular race.
Homoki will cover the newly established District 5 and Merry will preside over District 6. The formation of these districts are the result of the City's implementation of its new format of six single-member districts, leaving the mayoral seat at-large.
Holland said that if absentee ballots are any indication of voter turnout, it's expected to be quite low this year. Only seven absentee votes had been turned in for the Burnettown election, two for Wagener and none for Perry or Monetta as of Thursday afternoon.
Holland reminds those who are casting a vote on Tuesday of the new laws for identification at the polls that went into effect in January. Voters are asked to show one of the following forms of photo identification at their polling places: a S.C. driver's license, ID card issued by state Department of Motor Vehicles, S.C. voter registration card with photo, a federal military ID or a U.S. passport.
Anyone without a photo ID on Election Day due to a “reasonable impediment” of obtaining one may vote a provisional ballot after showing a non-photo voter registration card.
The state Election Commission considers a religious objection to being photographed, lack of birth certificate, disability or illness, work schedule or lack of transportation as reasonable impediments.
“Nobody will be turned away,” Holland said about eligible voters. “They will still be allowed to vote.”
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Amy Banton is the County reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the publication since May 2010. She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College and a native of Rustburg, Va.