Voter turnout slow in Horry County

Polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday for the runoff election in the 7th Congressional District Republican and Democratic races. Since the polls opened, Horry County voter turnout has been slow.

At the Coastal Carolina University precinct, they had 21 voters in two hours.

"I'm very disappointed," said election worker Patricia Milley about voters, "and I'm heartbroken that they don't care."

Around 8:30 a.m., the Carolina Forest precinct one had a little more than 20 voters.

Horry County voter Randy Troup was the first in line at 7 a.m.

"I think it's my duty," said Troup. "My friends say I'm over the top. I do push the idea of political activism. Each side I don't care."

But not everyone shared his enthusiasm and the numbers showed it..

"Voter turnout at this moment is less than what it was for the primary and about 1 percent came out for the primary," said Mary Baldwin, a clerk at Carolina Forest precinct one.

The candidates in the Republican runoff election are Andre Bauer and Tom Rice. In the Democratic runoff, Gloria Bromell Tinubu and Preston Brittain are vying for the seat.

Polls will stay open until 7 p.m. You can find your polling location on the South Carolina Election Commission website.

"It is surprising," said Horry County voter Arlise McKinney. "I see all these cars passing by, and I know they're probably in the same Carolina Forest District that I am. But nobody's stopping."

You need one form of ID to vote. That can be your voter registration card, your driver's license, or a DMV issued ID card.

To vote in the runoff, you have to vote for the same party as you did in the primary election. If you didn't vote in the primary election two weeks ago, you will have to choose a party.

One of the Horry County precincts is changing for this race only. The East Loris precinct will vote at Loris High School, instead of at the Elementary School as you normally would.