The South Carolina Election Commission ordered the Beaufort County Board of Registration and Elections to publicly recount all ballots cast in Tuesday’s primary in Beaufort County after concerns were raised about the fact that the numbers did not match.
That’s according to the Beaufort County Legislative Delegation, which is made up of nine elected legislators representing Beaufort County. The group serves as a liaison between residents and government agencies and appoints commissioners, including the Beaufort County Voter Registration and Elections Board.
The main concern was the race for US House District 1 between Nancy Mace and Katie Arrington, according to Jean Felix, head of the Beaufort County Board of Elections.
“We decided this was the best course of action to be accurate, transparent and correct,” Felix said.
William Weston J. Newton, who chairs the delegation, said he spoke Thursday morning with South Carolina Elections Officer Howard M. Knapp about voter concerns raised about the 2022 primaries.
“Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the integrity and transparency of the election, the South Carolina Election Commission has directed the Beaufort County Elections and Registration Board to publicly re-table all ballots in the June 14 primaries. “, Knapp said in a statement.
Once the electoral process is complete, including the adjudication of any protests, the legislative delegation will receive a briefing from local and national election officials, the group said.
The council will meet publicly at 10 a.m. Friday to certify the election.
The recount focuses primarily on the congressional race between freshman U.S. Rep. Mace and former state Rep. Katie Arrington, both Republicans, in U.S. District 1 and does not involve multiple candidate names. to Beaufort County Council not appearing on some ballots, Felix said. . These problems were attributed to the recent redistricting in the county.
This story was originally published June 16, 2022 5:09 p.m.