Letter to the citizens of District 64

by | June 7, 2018 1:31 pm

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been asked by a number of people why they can’t vote “split ticket” in the primaries. Hopefully this explanation will help.
“Split ticket” or voting for the candidate of your choice is only possible in the election that will occur in November. June 12 is the primary election which will determine who will be on the November ticket. The Democratic primary will determine who the Democrat candidate will be in November and the Republican primary will do the same. Actually the primaries are two separate tickets and we can’t vote on both.
All local candidates this year happen to be Democrats and since there are no Republican challengers, whoever wins the primary will automatically be elected in November, unless someone mounts a write-in campaign.
Therefore by voting in the Republican primary, you will be unable to vote for any local candidates. In order to vote for local governmental candidates, you will have to vote in the Democrat primary.

Rep. Robert (“Bobby”) Ridgeway

comments » 9

  1. Comment by Barry

    June 7, 2018 at 14:30

    That’s good because I do not wish to vote for any of the local incumbent politicians.

  2. Comment by Landis

    June 7, 2018 at 14:57

    Ridgeway is right, but the most important race is for Governor! I encourage all Republicans to make your vote count for McMaster or Templeton. This will affect the most change for SC.

  3. Comment by Landis

    June 7, 2018 at 14:59

    Rep Ridgeway, are you asking/encouraging Republicans to vote in the Democrat primary?

  4. Comment by Donna

    June 7, 2018 at 15:25

    It’s really sad that in order to be elected in Clarendon County, a candidate is forced to run as a Democrat if they want to win. There is NO reason why positions such as Coroner, Sheriff, County Council, etc should be partisan. I’ve never known a Coroner who asked if one of their “clients” was a Democrat or Republican or a Sheriff that only protected Democrats or Republican.

    With everything that plays into the divisive climate in our country, local elected officials whose job performance or duties have nothing to do with their political beliefs or affiliation should not be attaching their position with a political party. They certainly shouldn’t have to choose one or the other in order to get votes. Every citizen that votes should know their candidate(s) background, vision for the future, and most importantly make sure that the candidate is QUALIFIED to fill the position. We are privileged to have the right to vote, but with that comes responsibility.

  5. Comment by Dwayne

    June 8, 2018 at 08:30

    In Clarendon County its the good old boy system.

  6. Comment by Linda

    June 8, 2018 at 08:34

    All local officials who serve citizens in our county should be non-partisan. Republicans should have a voice in the selection of the sheriff, county council. coroner, tax assessor, and treasurer like they do with the school board. As long as the democrat platform supports removing God from their agenda, killing babies until the day they are to be born, unlimited illegal immigration (to include violent gang members) and open borders, I cannot in good conscience walk in and ask for a democrat ballot. Unfortunately, the only option is to give up my right for a voice in selecting our local officials.

  7. Comment by Moye Graham

    June 8, 2018 at 10:56

    I hear complaints all the time from Clarendon Citizens about not having Republican Candidates at the local level. It all begins with you. We have a good many folks in Clarendon that call themselves Republicans, Conservatives and Christian yet you never see them at our meetings. I even hear well we didn’t know we had a local GOP Party or similar. Some tell me they don’t want to be involved locally because they may hurt some of their friends feelings but we silently support your agenda. Can you imagine. The Democrats certainly don’t mind hurting your feelings if it is based on what party you support. We have a lot of people in Clarendon with business’s that are Democrats and the Republicans certainly support those business’s. Why can’t the Republicans have the same courtesy from the Democrats. Yes the Republicans are in the minority in Clarendon. Some of us work hard to try and level the field. Last month we had seventy people at our monthly meeting. Probably half of them will vote for the local Candidates in the Democrat Primary. I encourage them to sit it out. As long as we as Republicans keep voting for Democrats on the local level then nothing will change. It may not change even then but at least you can be honest with how you feel. Then again it is possible to win some races in Clarendon as a Republican. This is in spite of all the pitfalls that have been put on us by changing political lines in reapportionment and overlapping Council Districts to keep them Democrat. We listen to some say if I don’t vote in the Democrat Primary I don’t have a say. Look if you are a Conservative Republican and you vote local in the Democrat Primary you still don’t have a say in your Government. They expect you to cross over and vote for them. Your vote is taken for granted. Stay home Republicans and vote Republican. We have some serious races for Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General and two Ballot Questions that affect you. Quit being a Puppet for a group of people that could care less about how you feel. Come to my next meeting on June 14th and start really making a change in Clarendon County. You may find a home.

    Moye Graham, Chairman
    Clarendon GOP

  8. Comment by Barry

    June 8, 2018 at 12:54

    How else would Democrats get jobs for their kids or pay for their daughters wedding without having the elections wrapped up for them?

  9. Comment by Dwayne

    June 8, 2018 at 14:10

    Barry, or County Administrator get a job for his wife.

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