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by | December 21, 2017 5:00 pm

Last Updated: December 20, 2017 at 1:33 pm

A Walterboro woman brought some suggestions to the Dec. 12 quarterly meeting of the Colleton County Voter Registration and Elections Commission.
Sandy Stearns asked the board to begin a search for a suitable location to be used as a polling place for the residents living in the Walterboro #1 precinct.
For years, voters living in Walterboro #1 have voted at the former Forest Circle Middle School building.
However, the former school building is not within the boundaries of Walterboro #1.
Stearns also suggested that the board consider writing a letter to the Colleton County School District, asking that the district consider designating the first Tuesday after the first Monday as a day off for students in odd years.
The school district has given students the day off when presidential elections are conducted.
Colleton County Voter Registration and Election Director Angela Upchurch said closing the school when municipal elections are conducted has become more of a factor in light of pending changes in local elections that the state legislature has approved.
In the past, cities and towns in the state were not required to conduct an election if none of the posts up for election had contested races.
That policy eliminated the need to conduct elections in Edisto Beach and Lodge in November.
Under the change, Edisto Beach and Lodge would be required to conduct an election, even if there are no contested races.

In other business:
At the beginning of the meeting, Maryann Blake joined the board after receiving her oath of office from Colleton County Clerk of Court Pat Grant.
Blake is assuming the board post that was held by Dale Headden. Headden had been a member of the board since 2000.
The board also made plans to attend the annual SCARE Conference in Myrtle Beach on Feb. 6 through Feb. 10. The annual conference provides an opportunity for election officials and board members to attend seminars and classes to keep their certification current.

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