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      Local people believe in voting, but don't like the way campaigns are run

      While millions of Americans will cast ballots Tuesday, it's doubtful the nationwide turnout will be much higher than about 60 percent of the voting age population.

      Most Americans may believe in the value of voting, but many Horry County voters told NewsChannel 15 they have problems with the way political campaigns are run.

      Voters who lined up at the Horry County election office Monday to cast absentee ballots for Tuesday's election may be all over the place politically - left, right and center - but one thing many of them have in common is the belief that campaigns seem to drag on forever.

      "Just repeating themselves, that's all they're doing. Over and over, the same things they started with," said Irv Ewing of Socastee.

      "It's a long drawn-out process, too, you know," added Gabriel Johnson of Conway. "The time invested in the process is kind of long, extensive."

      Then there's the huge amount of money that campaigns raise and spend these days. That seems to bother many voters, but some are more upset about it than others.

      "I think it's just too long of a process and they spend way too much money," said Joe Bumgardner of Conway.

      Shavona Pyatt of Conway thinks the money spent on campaigns could be put to better use. "If they're spending all this money on campaigning, they could be feeding people, housing people."

      But Debra Linke of Socastee doesn't see campaign spending as a big problem. "If they're got the money to spend, let them spend it," she said.

      The bitterness of the campaign is what annoys many voters. They complain about too much mudslinging and name-calling.

      "I get tired of it a lot because they're our elected officials, you would expect better from them," said Cherie Jackson of Little River. "They're the ones who are supposed to be leading by example."

      It's all enough to make a voter glad that major elections only come around every four years.

      "We're not one of those states where too much money or too much polling has to be put in, so we have that benefit, but sure, it'll be nice when we can move on on Wednesday," said Jim Feldman of Myrtle Beach.

      One voter told NewsChannel 15 he's ready to see the nasty campaign ads come to an end.

      "It is a breath of fresh air to see an advertisement for McDonald's now," said Raymond Debbisi of Murrells Inlet.