Voter turnout 5 percent so far in today's Bluffton election

November 8, 2011 

As of noon today, voter turnout in Bluffton’s municipal election has reached about 5 percent of the more than 7,000 registered voters, according to county elections board executive director Scott Marshall.

Marshall said no errors have been reported at local precincts and described turnout as “a little slow but steady.”

Unofficial results are expected to be posted on the county board of election’s website, at, by 7:45 p.m., Marshall said. They will also be posted on The polls close at 7 p.m.

The four candidates for two Town Council seats — Fred Hamilton, Ted Huffman, Karen Lavery and Allyne Mitchell — have been invited to watch the returns at an informal party at Town Hall, town clerk Sandra Lunceford said.

Mayor Lisa Sulka said she would attend, although she is not on the ballot because she is running unopposed.

The days when votes would be tallied on a chalkboard on Election Day are long gone, but gathering at Town Hall and continually refreshing the county elections board website keeps the “state of mind” event going, Lunceford said.

The results won’t become official until Thursday, when the town’s Municipal Election Commission meets at 11 a.m. at 15 John Galt Road in Beaufort to discuss the validity of the ballots and certify results.

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