Voter Liz Sharp said she encountered a disturbing email flyer this morning that was being circulated around the polling station at Cainhoy School in Berkeley County.
The flyer, which Sharp provided to The Post and Courier, warns voters of a supposed glitch that means selecting to vote the Democratic ticket will exclude President Barack Obama from getting their vote. The flyer urges them to choose Obama first before voting for other Democrats.
“People are not being told this information, because they are trying to use every trick in the book,” the flyer reads. “TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO IS GOING TO VOTE THE DEMOCRAT TICKET!!”
Sharp said the flyer, which was handed to her husband inside the polling station, is not only inaccurate, it’s a blatant attempt to influence the vote.
“The bottom line is: This is illegal,” she said. “It just angers me because this kind of stuff causes all kinds of problems.”
Sharp said she tried to call Berkeley County election officials to alert them to the situation but could not get past a busy signal. The Post and Courier encountered similar problems, and election officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
It’s unclear if the flyer was an attempt to influence the vote or simply a result of confusion about the state’s voting rules.
In North Carolina, voters who vote a straight ticket also must cast a separate vote for president, and that has caused some confusion among South Carolina voters who think it’s the same rules here, said Charleston County Democratic Chair Richard Hricik.
But it’s not. “That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to vote a straight ticket,” he said.
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