June 18, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County
222 McDaniel Ave B-9
Pickens, SC 29671
June 16, 2016

Members Present:
Ms. Geneva Robinson, Chairperson
Ms. Sheree Chapman, Vice Chairperson
Ms. Jane Goolsby Weeks, Secretary
Ms. June Bowers
Mr. Herbert Thompson

Members Absent:
Ms. Gretchen Campbell
Ms. Kathleen Hane

Staff Present:
Mr. Rodney Allen, Executive Director
Ms. April Bagwell, Office Coordinator
Mr. Randy Russell, Election Analyst

Public Present:
Mr. Michael Galloway
Ms. Alice Castro

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

Chairperson Geneva Robinson called the meeting to order and welcomed those in attendance at 9:00am.

Mr. Thompson provided the Invocation.

Public comment: Ms. Castro, poll clerk for Six Mile Mountain Precinct, addressed the Board about another election worker who, on Election night without a handicap parking permit, had parked in the handicap space when returning the election materials.

Chairperson Robinson asked for the Oath of Canvassers to be taken. Director Allen administered the oath. Each Board Member stood, raised their right hand, and repeated the oath. After the oaths were taken, a motion was made by Ms. Weeks to go into the Board of Canvassers. Ms. Bowers seconded the motion. With all in favor and no discussion, the motion was passed unanimously.

Once Board of Canvassers was in session Chairperson Robinson turned meeting over to Director Allen for the Provisional Ballot Hearing. Director Allen stated he had received a clean audit result from the State Election Commission. The Director presented the information on the voters who cast provisional ballots so the Board Members could determine whether they are countable or not.

The Provisional Ballots were decided as follows:

Voter Regist#    Voter’s Name                    Voted at correct location, but moved within county
396576283           Joseph F Anderson III    voted at Pike
396555585           Donna M Raines               voted at McKissick
396522947           Jenna S Raines                 voted at McKissick
396515573           Melissa M Anders            voted at Rices Creek
391995469         Rhonda S Black                 voted at Easley
396528016           Christal Harmon               voted at Pope Field
396553119           Brittany D Clark               voted at Crescent Hill

Ms. Bowers made motion to count the above ballots. Ms. Weeks seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were counted.

Regist#    Voter’s Name                    Voted at correct location, no ID, but sign Section D
391367082    Gaston Gage Jr                  sign reason impediment both lack of transportation/disability or Illness

Ms. Chapman made motion to count the above ballots. Ms. Bowers seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were counted.

Voter Regist#    Voter’s Name                    Voted correct Location, but had name change
396577763           Lashonda M Moore         last name now is Bunker

Ms. Bowers made motion to count the above ballots. Ms. Chapman seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were counted.

Voter’s Reg#      Voter’s Name                    inactive/moved status, clerical error
396508892           Stephen K Holliday         should have been change of address form after the last election

Ms. Weeks made motion to count the above ballots. Mr. Chapman seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were counted.

Voter Regist#    Voter’s Name                    Clerical error/was not found in computer by poll manager
396508623           Debra L Leopard               Voted at North Central and is registered

Ms. Chapman made motion to count the above ballots. Ms. Bowers seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were counted.

Voter Regist#    Voter’s Name                   Administrative error/voter registered twice
306031594           Jennifer W Cox                 voted at AR Lewis registration/wrong registration deactivated

Ms. Chapman made motion to count the above ballots. Ms. Bowers seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were counted.

Voter Regist#    Voter’s Name                   Administrative error/Voter marked Absentee
396546721           Quincy B Newman          voter did not vote Absentee

Ms. Bowers made motion to count the above ballots. Ms. Chapman seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were counted.

143-Sitton Precinct had a NEW Clerk this election, he was unable to print the zero tape and was not clear that he was still able to assist voters and allow them to vote on the machines. He had the first 4 voters at 7am who were all authorized voters to vote paper ballots, but failed to fill out the provisional envelopes on each individual voter.

Ms. Weeks made motion to count the above ballots. Ms. Bowers seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were counted.

Regist#    Voter’s Name                    Voter received mailed absentee ballot, but ballot not returned
376394935       Wesley L Koch                  Ballot was mailed 5/12/16
470333485       Haley C Schvaneveldt    Ballot was mailed 05/12/16
396581313       Jeffrey D Williams           Ballot was mailed 06/08/16

Ms. Bowers made motion to count the above ballots. Ms. Weeks seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were counted.

Voter Regist#    Voter’s Name                    Do Not Know Where Voter Voted But Both are Registered
396585427           Zachary R Durham           Precinct Name not filled in on envelope
396553079           Scott C Starnes                  Precinct Name not filled in on envelope

Ms. Chapman made motion to count the above ballots. Ms. Bowers seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were counted.

Voter Regist#    Voter’s Name                    Voter voted at wrong location
396581970           Joseph L Nalley                  Reg at Simpson/Voted at Woodside
396520626           William H Trotter             Reg at Georges Creek/Voted at Smith Grove
470474791           Jamie L Holliday                 Reg at Easley/Voted at McKissick
392492858           Lou Anne B Johnson       Reg at Brushy Creek/Voted at McKissick
391507026           Harold D Grant                  Reg at Lenhardt/Voted at McKissick

Ms. Bowers made motion to not count the above ballots. Ms. Chapman seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were not counted.

Voter Regist#    Voter’s Name                    Registered in another county
235713787           Jason R McDowell           Voted failsafe in office/Greenville County Voter
044267045           Charlette N Reed             Votedat McAlister/Anderson County Voter

Ms. Weeks made motion to not count the above ballots. Ms. Bowers seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were not counted

Voter Regist#    Voter’s Name                    Registered Voter/ Moved Out of County
390782347           Taylor J Lewis                    moved to Spartanburg, SC

Ms. Bowers made motion to not count the above ballots. Ms. Weeks seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were not counted.

Voter Regist#    Voter’s Name                    Voted correct location, but NO Photo ID
470527174           Kelly M Bossert                   voted at Brushy Creek, left ID at home
390772825           Joan B Blackwelder         voted at Brushy Creek, left ID at home
392525965           Angela H Ward                  voted at Crescent Hill, left ID at home
370732263           Sara K Barrett                    voted at Crestview, did not present ID

Ms. Weeks made motion to not count the above ballots. Ms. Bowers seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were not counted.

Voter Regist#    Voter’s Name                    Voter Marked Archived/Moved out of County
235674435           Nancy A McCartney        Voted at Lenhardt/voter’s information is correct on registration dated 11/2014, but state marked moved out of county 2/15

Ms. Weeks made motion to not count the above ballots. Ms. Chapman seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were not counted.

Could not find voter registration in computer when researched
Mildred D Kelley/Voted at Six Mile
Benjamin W Wright/Voted at Glassy Mountain
Teresa Lynne Smith Waldrop/Voted at West Pickens
James K Suddeth/Voted at Arial, but information doesn’t match up with registration
? voter’s name not sure/Voted at Brushy Creek, but cannot read handwriting

Ms. Bowers made motion to not count the above ballots. Ms. Chapman seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the ballots were not counted.

After all Provisional Ballots were discussed, all countable ballots were added to the total number of votes from Tuesday, June 14, 2016 count. Director Allen asked that the Board to review the results and certify the election. After reviewing the total tapes, Ms. Chapman made motion to confirm results as presented and certify the results as official. Ms. Weeks seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the results were accepted.

With the results of County Council District 4 being decided by only a small number of votes (less than 1%), a mandatory recount is required of that office. Director Allen asked the Board to order a recount of the County Council 4 race.

Ms. Robinson asked for motion to be made for a recount to be conducted for County Council District 4. Ms. Chapman made a motion for a recount to be conducted for the County Council District 4. Ms. Bowers seconded the motion. All optical scan ballots were fad back through the scanner. All PEBs where read back in.  The recount results were presented by Director Allen with no change in results or the outcome of the election. The final counts will be updated on the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Pickens County website accordingly.

Chairperson Robinson asked that a motion be made to certify the recount results. Ms. Chapman made motion to certify the recount results. Ms. Weeks seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the election was certified.

Chairperson Robinson asked that a motion be made to adjourn. Mr. Thompson made motion to adjourn. Ms. Chapman seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion the certification hearing was adjourned at 11:18am.


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