Wednesday, November 7, 2012
There were 3,884 additional registered voters in this election, but only 71.2 percent of all registered voters participated — down from 74.2 percent in 2008.
In Pickens County, 45,691 ballots were cast in the 2012 general election, more than 71.2 percent of registered users participated in this year's presidential election. The turnout was greatly helped by more than 5,000 absentee ballots filed prior to the election. In total votes, 991 additional people voted in 2012 than in 2008. But in terms of voter turnout, 2012 was down from more than 74.2 percent in 2008, when there were 3,884 fewer registered voters, to 71.2 percent. The top three precincts for voter turnout were Stone Church, Sheffield and Lawrence Chapel. The precinct with the lowest turnout was Calhoun.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Here are details on Thursday's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The first and only vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan is set for 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Check below for more information on that debate and the remaining debates leading up to Election Day. AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more, including CNN Espanol. Live Streaming Online: YouTube's Election Hub, AOL. Where to Watch the Debate around the Upstate: Drinking Liberally of Greenville will host a debate party beginning at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick's, 1565 Laurens Road, Greenville. Below is more detailed information on Thursday night's debate, as well as the schedule for upcoming debates, all of which are …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Obama campaign knocks governor over deficit-cutting suggestions
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
It's hard to deny the advantage that fmr. Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney has coming out of the first debate. But the governor did leave the stage with some baggage — a big, yellow-feathered bag. President Obama's campaign has frequently criticised the governor for not getting specific on promises to cut the defecit. When debate moderator Jim Lehrer pressed Romney for an example of waste he planned to target in the budget, Romney settled on PBS and called out Big Bird in particular. Public Broadcasting has been a particular target of the GOP, including U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and Gov. Nikki Haley. It's good red meat for conservatives who see public broadcasting as a waste or another arm of the "liberal media." But Romney has been criticised since the …
Monday, July 2, 2012
South Carolina's senator setting his sites on big conservative cash.
U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint will be pulling away from his Senate Conservatives Fund so that his pet project for growing like-minded GOPers in the chamber can achieve Super PAC status. For two election cycles, DeMint has been raising and spending $17 million across the country to get like-minded conservative Republicans elected to the U.S. Senate. Politico notes Monday morning that DeMint has caught on to the appeal of big spending Super PACs. The change provides an opportunity for more contributions — it just requires DeMint to take a step back from the operation of the PAC. Matt Hoskins, the DeMint operative overseeing the PAC, told Politico that the Senate Conservative Fund has more than 100,000 low-dollar donors. "It makes sense to begin the …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Easley and Greenville County.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Easley Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates. The Ballot Mess knocked hundreds of candidates off the June primary ballots and leaves dozens working on petition campaigns. The Red Palmetto and Blue Palmetto surveys are weekly attempts to connect our readers to the influential Republicans and Democrats on the ground in South Carolina. What should you do if you see voter fraud or irregularities on Election Day? The U.S. Attorney's Office has a list of numbers you can call to report voter fraud? The Pickens County Office of Registrations …
Monday, May 21, 2012
With Rubio making headlines in S.C., former governor raises subject of diversity on the ticket.
Former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford appears anxious for something different on the GOP presidential ticket in 2012. Speculation is growing about the names on Mitt Romney's vice presidential shortlist, including Republican Sen. Rob Portman in make-or-break Ohio. Asked about Portman on Fox News on Monday morning, Sanford had a frank analysis. "The question is: Do you have another white-bread sandwich and, you know, is it just going to be boring to voters out there? I think that that's the question with Portman," Sanford said. GOP12.com at The Hill has the video. The comment comes two days after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made headlines during a visit to South Carolina. The son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio has been lauded as a possible vice-…
Friday, May 4, 2012
After court shakeup, list of qualifying candidates are now in.
Update 1 p.m.: The state elections commission has just released the new list of certified candidates eligible to run in the June 12 party primaries. More than 85 Republicans and 90 Democrats are in danger of not appearing on the June primary ballots, according to these documents. See the Republican candidates here. See the Democratic candidates here. “On behalf of all South Carolina Republicans, I am sad about this week’s candidate filing rulings, but am committed to following the S.C. Supreme Court’s instructions," read a statement from the S.C. GOP. "Our party has meticulously analyzed the filing submissions in compliance with the standards set forth by the Court. We respect the Court’s decision and in compliance with the Court’s order, …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Court wants answers to get program running by November.
S.C. officials have until today to determine whether the state's new Voter ID program could be ready to use by November, according to The Associated Press. Now, it will be up to state Attorney General Alan Wilson to outline what steps the state would need to take to create photo voter ID cards and make sure voters know the rules in enough time for the general election. The U.S. Justice Department rejected the state's Voter ID law, which would require voters to present a drivers license or some other approved picture ID at the polls, instead of the practice of allowing individuals to vote with a voter registration card with no picture identification. Supporters of the new law say that voting should be more difficult to avoid fraud. …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The governor's "No" met with skepticism and parody.
Editor's Note: This story was edited at 9:10 a.m. April 3 to correct Gov. Chris Christie's state. S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley told ABC News on Monday that she would politely decline an offer for the vice presidential nomination. The comment made news for allegedly pulling Haley off the running-mate short list for likely GOP candidate Mitt Romney. But, just as quickly, media outlets doubted the conviction of Haley's "No." And opponents took the opportunity to take potshots at the governor's national aspirations. Haley is just one of more than a dozen GOP rising stars who will be batting away repeated questions about their vice presidential potential — among them, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen…
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
War of words between Charleston Place and SRLC.
Charleston Place is suing the Southern Republican Leadership Conference over an unpaid bill. The popular Lowcountry tourist destination is seeking $227,872.12 in damages following the SRLC's sparsely-attended January conference in the days leading up to the South Carolina GOP Presidential Primary. First reported by Charleston City Paper contributor Dan McCue, the complaint filed in the Charleston County Court of Common Pleas claims SRLC "was grossly undercapitalized, failed to observe corporate formalities, was insolvent, and was mere[ly] used as a façade for the operations of the defendant [organizer Robert] Cahaly." Poor attendance led GOP Primary candidate Newt Gingrich to cancel his apperance. The Columbia Free Times' Corey Hutchins …