By Paul Gable
Voters on the south end of Horry County will have special elections at least the next two and probably three Tuesdays.
Beginning tomorrow, voters in House District 106 will get their first crack at selecting a Republican nominee to replace Rep. Nelson Hardwick who resigned in the spring.
Russell Fry, Sam Graves, Dr. Roy Sprinkle and recently elected Horry County Council member for District 5 Tyler Servant will vie for the Republican nomination.
There are no Democrats or third party candidates in the race.
If no candidate receives 50 percent plus one vote from the voters who show up to the polls, a runoff election among the top two vote getters in the House District 106 race will be held Tuesday August 11th.
In between those two dates, the special general election for Horry County Council District 6 will be held Tuesday August 4th.
Republican nominee Cam Crawford will be the only name on the ballot, but we are hearing rumblings of a possible write-in vote campaign in a stop Crawford effort.
Write-in campaigns are difficult in the best of times, but voters who support Crawford should get out to the polls next week.
Voter turnout has been exceptionally low in the special primary summer elections. The District 6 primary saw 7% of eligible voters go to the polls.
Only a few hundred votes are needed to be elected in any of these races.
If you are a supporter of any of the candidates, be sure you make it to the polls. It is this type of low voter turnout special election where one vote can make a difference.
Our pick for tomorrow?
Fry and Servant will face off in a primary election runoff in two weeks.