GREENWOOD, SC – The Greenwood County Election Commission is considering splitting four precincts in Greenwood County due to the high number of voters in those areas.
Connie Moody, director of elections and voter registration for Greenwood County, told the commission that state law recommends precincts to have fewer than 1,500 registered voters. Currently, the Greenwood 6 precinct is the only one over 1,500, with 1,597 registered voters. That number goes up to 1,719 when inactive voters are added.
Moody told the commission that inactive voters may have moved or may not have voted in the last two general elections, amongst other reasons for being labeled inactive. Moody also said that there is always a flurry of citizens registering to vote prior to any general election.
Greenwood 6 runs from W Alexander Avenue to Florida Avenue on the west side of S Main Street and extends west to the area behind Parkway Court and Georgia Street. On the eastern side of S Main Street, it runs from Foundry Road to Highway 221. The polling location for the precinct is currently Emerald Gardens.
Moody told the commission that the precinct was crowded all day the day of the election and voters were having trouble finding somewhere to park. She explained that the difficulty with Greenwood 6 would be finding another polling location in the precinct.
Three other precincts – Ninety Six Mill, Emerald and Mimosa Crest – are also being considered for division, as all three would likely contain more than 1,500 voters before the next general election.
Greenwood County currently has 48 precincts, four of which are virtual precincts comprised of absentee votes, failsafe provisional votes, failsafe votes and emergency provisional votes. If the commission ultimately decides to split all four precincts, there will be a total of 52, 48 of which would be physical polling locations.
The commission will meet again on February 15, 2013 at 10 a.m. in room 104 at Park Plaza.