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Hollimon-Miller retains job as Mayesville mayor after Tuesday election

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 11/7/19

Mayesville's small population showed a mighty presence Tuesday at the general election that kept the town's mayor at the helm.

Jereleen Hollimon-Miller received 154 out of 287 votes, according to the unofficial results from the Sumter County …

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Hollimon-Miller retains job as Mayesville mayor after Tuesday election

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Mayesville's small population showed a mighty presence Tuesday at the general election that kept the town's mayor at the helm.

Jereleen Hollimon-Miller received 154 out of 287 votes, according to the unofficial results from the Sumter County Voter Registrations and Elections Office. The department's director, Pat Jefferson, said the results will be certified Friday at the Sumter County Election Commission meeting.

Hollimon-Miller beat challenger George Gibson, who earned 133 votes. There were no write-ins.

Her edge came from absentee ballots, receiving 82 via the form of early voting - South Carolina does not have official early voting - in addition to the 72 on Election Day. Gibson received more votes on Election Day, notching 123 on Tuesday but only 10 absentees.

The town in the rural eastern portion of Sumter County also elected two council members. Cynthia Massingill won the most votes at 192 and will stay in her seat on council, and challenger Eric Jackson earned 186 votes, beating incumbent Nancy Williams and her 135 votes.

The same trend followed the town council election, where Williams won when only looking at Election Day votes but succumbed to the total when accounting for absentee votes.

The 288 total ballots cast represent a 53.14% turnout, a "very high" rate for a municipal election, according to Jefferson.

This was the first election Sumter held since obtaining new ExpressVote paper-based voting machines, and Jefferson said there were no issues and that the community has received them well based on feedback given to election commissioners.

Turbeville in Clarendon County also had a general election that saw the mayor and two council seats on the ballot, but the director of the Clarendon County Voter Registration Office was not in the office Wednesday afternoon, and The Sumter Item was told she was the only one with the results.