COLUMBUS - A special session of the of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners was held on Friday, Aug. 17, for the purpose of canvassing the Primary Election that was held on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The commissioners met in the District Courtroom of the Cherokee County Courthouse as the Board of Canvassers.

Appearing from the County Clerk and Election Office was County Clerk and Election Officer Rodney Edmondson, Deputy Clerk Paula Cheney, and Susan Jones for the purpose of taking the minutes. County Counselor Barbara Wright was also present.

Edmondson and Cheney presented reports detailing the vote totals from election day, early voters, and advance by mail for the commissioners to review. Edmondson reported that totals so far represent an 18.9 percent voter turnout. The 71 provisional ballots increase the turnout percentage to 19.3 percent. Edmondson and Cheney presented 71 provisional ballot envelopes for consideration to the Board of Canvassers. 27 envelopes were recommended to be accepted, while 44 envelopes were recommended to be rejected.

The accepted provisional ballots through the Ml00 ballot tabulation machine for counting. The Special Board consisting of Supervising Judge Marcia Trease, Judge Geneva Grubbs, Dayna Ray, and Joree French, opened the sealed provisional ballot envelopes, removed the ballots, and inserted them into the Ml00 for tabulation. The same Special Board also tabulated by hand the write-in ballots that were included in the provisional ballots. The results were added to the final totals.

A total of 2,982 ballots were cast and counted. Edmondson stated to the Board that the results were a true and accurate account of the ballot count and vote totals in the Primary Election.