April 2, 2013 Meeting Minutes

Location of Meeting:
Office of the Pickens County
Registration & Elections Commission
222 McDaniel Ave. B-9
Pickens, SC 29671

Members Present:
Ms. Gretchen Campbell, Chairperson
Ms. Sheree Chapman, Secretary
Ms. June Bowers
Mr. Noel Anderson
Mr. Herb Thompson, Jr

Staff Present:
Mr. Rodney Allen, Executive Director
Ms. April Bagwell, Office Coordinator

Members Absent:
Ms. Geneva Robinson, Vice-Chairperson
Ms. Jane Goolsby

THIS MEETING OF THE PICKENS COUNTY REGISTRATION AND ELECTION COMMISSION WAS HELD PURSUANT TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT AND ALL REQUIRED NOTIFICATIONS WERE MADE.

Chairperson Gretchen Campbell called the meeting of the Pickens County Registration and Election Commission to order at 4:30pm and welcomed everyone.

Mr. Herb Thompson gave the invocation.

Chairperson Campbell asked for approval of meeting minutes from March 5, 2013. Ms. Chapman moved to accept minutes as presented. Ms. Bowers seconded the motion. With all in favor and no discussion was passed unanimously.

There was no public present.

Chairperson Campbell turned meeting over to Director Allen for his report. Director Allen thanked Madam Chairperson and everyone for being here. Director Allen stressed the April 15, 2013 deadline for Commissioners to file their 2013 Statement of Economic Interests with the State Ethics Commission online.

Director Allen explained the importance of the SEC Certification Training Classes and the new stricter standards for training which will take effect July 1, 2013 for all Registration and Election Commissioners and full-time staff.

Director Allen announced that Martha Dorset the incumbent was the only person to file so far to run in the upcoming Veterans Officer Advisory Election scheduled for May 11, 2013. The filing does not close until Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 5pm.

Director Allen announced that only one candidate had filed for the Liberty City Councilman Walt McJunkin’s Ward 2 Seat, but that the write-in period would not end until April 15, 2013 at Noon. If no write-in comes forward, no special election will be held on May 28th, 2013.

Director Allen reported several FY 2014 budget changes that were recommended to County Council by the County Administrator during the first reading which was held Monday, April 1, 2013. They are as follows:

Director’s Request                       Administrator’s Recommendation

Office Assistant Overtime                     $  5,000                                                  $  3,500

Temporary Office Staff                           $30,000                                                 $25,000

Long Distance Phone Service                $ 650                                                      $ 600

Phone Service                                         $ 2,244                                                   $ 415

Director Allen discussed the fiscal impact that early voting would have on our county if the Early Voting Bill (S4) is passed. Our office would have to purchase more voting equipment and laptops for 3 new polling locations, and would also need more manpower to operate each new location.

Director Allen spoke briefly about the report issued by the South Carolina General Assembly Legislative Audit Council titled “A Review of Voting Machines in South Carolina” dated March, 2013. A full copy of the performance audit may be viewed on the SC General Assembly Legislative Audit Council’s website at LAC.SC.GOV.

That being all of the Director’s report, Mr. Allen turned the meeting back over to Madam Chairperson Campbell.

Chairperson Campbell asked was there any old or new business.

Old Business was as follows:

1.) Consideration to move the 116 Mountain View Precinct from Mountain View Baptist Church (336 Mountain View Church Rd. Six Mile, SC) which is outside the precinct to Mile Creek Baptist Church (104 Lakeside Dr. Six Mile, SC) which is inside the precinct. This would affect approximately 1,096 registered voters. Ms. Bowers made motion to move 116 Mountain View Precinct to Mile Creek Baptist Church contingent upon approval from the church to use the facility. Mr. Thompson seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion was passed unanimously.

2.) Consideration to move the 142 Crestview Precinct from the Presbyterian Home (205 Bud Nalley Dr. Easley, SC) which is outside the precinct to Smithfields Country Club (100 Pine Ridge Dr. Easley, SC) which is inside the precinct. This would affect approximately 1,118 registered voters. Mr. Thompson made motion to move 142 Crestview Precinct to Smithfields Country Club.  Mr. Anderson seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion was passed unanimously.

3.) Consideration to move 142 Crestview Precinct from the Presbyterian Home (205 Bud Nalley Dr.Easley, SC) to St. Michaels Episcopal Church (1200 Powdersville Rd. Easley, SC). Ms. Bowers made motion not to move the 142 Crestview Precinct to St. Michaels Episcopal Church. Mr. Thompson seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion was passed unanimously.

4.) Consideration to move 143 Sitton Precinct from St. Michaels Episcopal Church (1200 Powdersville Rd. Easley, SC) which is outside the precinct to the Presbyterian Home (205 Bud Nalley Rd. Easley, SC) which is inside the precinct. This would affect approximately 1,137 registered voters. Ms. Chapman made motion to move the 143 Sitton Precinct to the Presbyterian Home. Mr. Thompson seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion was passed unanimously.

5.) Consideration to move 129 West Liberty Precinct from Liberty First Baptist Church (403 Edgemont Ave. Liberty, SC) which is outside the precinct to Calumet Baptist Church (400 S. Peachtree St. Liberty, SC) which is inside the precinct. This would affect approximately 1,062 registered voters. Mr. Thompson made motion to move the 129 West Liberty Precinct to Calumet Baptist Church. Ms. Bowers seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion was passed unanimously.

6.) Consideration to move 128 Rices Creek Precinct from the Former Liberty Middle School (now county owned building-310 W Main St. Liberty, SC) which is outside the precinct to Liberty First Baptist Church (403 Edgemont Ave. Liberty, SC) which is inside the precinct. This would affect approximately 1,071 registered voters. Ms. Chapman made motion to accept the move of 128 Rices Creek Precinct to Liberty First Baptist Church. Mr. Thompson seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion was passed unanimously.

New Business was as follows:

1.) Consider recommending to the Pickens County Legislative Delegation changes to the SC Act 489 of 1998 (Pickens County Veterans Affairs Officer Advisory Election) so as to require only one voting location (the Office of the Pickens County Registration and Elections Commission) due to the low volume of participants and expense of opening the currently required 5-locations. Mr. Anderson made motion to accept the recommendation be made to the Pickens County Legislative Delegation to change SC Act 489 of 1998. Mr. Thompson seconded the motion. Ms. Bowers asked is there other counties that have elections for the VA Officer. Director Allen commented no, we are the only office that handles this type of election. All in favor, and passed unanimously.

2.) Director Allen addressed the possibility of the Registration and Elections Commission Office currently located at 222 McDaniel Ave. Pickens, SC relocating to the current Liberty Magistrate’s Office located at 147 Kay Rd. Liberty, SC. All Commissioners were in agreement on taking a look at the new location in order to determine if the move would in fact be beneficial for the office’s staff, election workers, and voters of Pickens County.

There being no more new business Director Allen turned meeting back over to Madam Chairperson.

Chairperson Campbell asked for meeting to be adjourned.


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