87
      Friday
      91 / 73
      Saturday
      84 / 71
      Sunday
      83 / 71

      Polls open for 'First in the South' GOP Presidential primary

      Savannah Grove Precinct, Florence

      Polls across South Carolina opened at 7 a.m. Saturday for the 2012 'First in the South' Republican Presidential Primary.

      NewsChannel 15 has checked in with election officials and voters at several precincts across the Pee Dee and on the Grand Strand. We're also counting on you to post on WPDE's Facebook page to report any problems you encounter at the polls.

      At the Ebenezer 1 Precinct in Florence County, there are no long lines. It is the second largest precinct in the county where 3,173 people are registered to vote. 30 people had voted within the first thirty minutes of polls opening.

      It's a similar story at the Savannah Grove Precinct in Florence County. 38 voters had cast ballots by 8 a.m. 3,332 people are registered to vote at that particular precinct. Poll workers said voter turnout has been good considering the precinct is historically democratic.

      Florence County Elections and Voter Registration Director David Alford said at 9:30 a.m. that a few voting machines had problems with batteries, but it didn't keep people from voting. He says they have nine technicians scattered throughout Florence County ready to assist poll workers should any major issues arise. He said it's too early to speak on overall voter turnout. He said he'll have a better idea this afternoon.

      About 200 people are expected to vote at the Dunes Precinct 1 in Myrtle Beach. "It's been a steady stream," Precinct Clerk Larry Stratford said. 61 people had cast ballots by 8:30 a.m. Poll workers believe voter turnout will pick up around noon and just before the polls close.

      Many comments posted by voters on our Facebook page this morning indicate that things have been running smoothly. Some have said they went to the wrong precinct because the location was changed due to the primary being held on a Saturday. To find your polling location, click here .

      For information on what you need to bring to the polls in order to cast your vote, click here .