August 4, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County
222 McDaniel Ave B-9
Pickens, SC 29671
August 4, 2015

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

Members Absent:
Ms. Gretchen Campbell

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

Public Present:
Representing the Clemson League of Women Voters-
Ms. Charlotte Holmes
Ms. Sarah McNeill

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 Robinson called this meeting to order at 4:30pm and welcome everyone.

Mr. Thompson provided the Invocation.

Chairperson Robinson asked for a motion to be made to approve meeting minutes from the May 5, 2015 Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Pickens County meeting. Vice-chairperson Chapman made motion to accept meeting minutes as they were presented. Mr. Thompson seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion was passed unanimously.

Chairperson Robinson asked for a motion to be made to approve meeting minutes from the May 26, 2015 Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Pickens County meeting. Mr. Thompson made motion to accept meeting minutes as they were presented. Vice-chairperson Chapman seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion was passed unanimously.

Public Comment Period:

Ms. Holmes from the League of Women Voters stated that she and Ms. McNeill were strong advocates, and that they both think highly of Rodney Allen, Director and April Bagwell his assistant.

Chairperson Robinson turned the meeting over to Director Allen for his report.

Director Allen reminded all present board members and election staff of the state law SC Code of Law 7-13-75 for election season is only a few months away. SC Code of Law 7-13-75 prohibits Board Members, the Director, and subordinate staff from engaging in political activity in an effort to ensure elections in Pickens County are conducted in a fair, impartial, and nonpartisan manner.

Mr. Allen explained that candidate filing period has closed at noon on August 3rd, and that the write-in period will close at noon on August 17th. Mr. Allen stated, based on what we have received to date on candidate filing, the following municipal offices would be involved with this November 3, 2015 election, and November 17, 2015 (runoff election if needed): Easley City Council Ward 5 (3-people filed with 1 seat to fill), Liberty City Council Ward 4 (2-people filed with 1 seat to fill), Pickens City County (4-people filed with 3 seats to fill), and Six Mile Town Council (3-people filed with 2 seats to fill).

Director Allen stated there were no new developments of temporary funding for the 2015-2016 budget year, and that council never responded to our letter nor the State Elections Commissions letter. Mr. Allen mentioned upon advice of Marci Andino, SEC Director, Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Pickens County’s Director will proceed as planned and spend as needed. Mr. Allen projects that temporary funds will be exhausted by end of February, 2016 depending on the amount of overtime required to conduct the Presidential Preference Primaries.

Director Allen gave an update on the number of polling place inspections completed at this time they are 25 of the 61 total precincts and that all had checked out good excluding one, 119-Pumpkintown (Oolenoy Community Building) doesn’t have paved parking. In order to resolve this issue the staff will be contacting Oolenoy Baptist Church to see if they will consider allowing it to be moved permanently there.

Director Allen stated that concluded his report, and turned the meeting back over to Chairperson Robinson.

There was no old or new business.

Chairperson Robinson asked for a motion to be made to adjourn. Ms. Chapman made motion to adjourn. Mr. Thompson seconded the motion. All in favor and with no discussion was passed unanimously.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:02pm.

Financial report attached.


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