Brian Henry will be the new mayor of Pawleys Island.
The Georgetown County Board of Voter Registration and Elections – meeting as the Board of Canvassers – met for a total of five hours on Thursday.
On Tuesday’s election night, the unofficial vote total showed Henry and incumbent Mayor Jimmy Braswell tied at 58 votes apiece. There were also 22 challenged ballots.
Several people challenged those voters as not being properly registered, since they say that property records, tax records and other public documents show the challenged voters have lived elsewhere and get their mail at places off the island.
Board members Billy Altman, vice chairman, and Chairman Dean Smith said the important matter to the Voter Registration office is that people sign an oath that the address on Pawleys Island is now their proper address. The oath states that the person swears that this is true, under penalty of perjury.
Challengers were on hand to talk about and present documents backing up their assertions. Attorney Billy Jenkinson of Kingstree – whose family owns property on Pawleys Island – supported each of the challengers.
Attorney Butch Bowers of Columbia represented almost all of the challenged voters, most of whom were not present for the hearing.
The Georgetown Times / South Strand News will have more information on the vote certification meeting and challenges later.
With the Board of Canvasses accepting all of the challenged ballots for Pawleys Island, that also affected the results of the Town Council races.
The certified totals for mayor are Brian Henry, 78 votes * and Jimmy Braswell, 58 votes.
Pawleys Island Town Council results are:
R Ashley Carter, 126 *
Guerry Green, 73 *
Leda McIntyre Hall, 16
Rocky Holliday, 92 *
Josh Ricker, 66
Sarah Zimmerman, 112 *
There were a few challenged ballots in the Andrews elections, but the didn’t affect the outcome of the election.
For the City of Georgetown, there were no challenged ballots.
Frank McClary, 495 *
Terrance Middleton, 100
Jamie Altman, 372 *
Letha Palmer, 231
Amy Pinckney-Flagler, 373 *
Robert S Stamper II, 298 *
City of Georgetown
Al Joseph, 752 *
Hobson Henry Milton, 612 *
Clarence C Smalls, 652 *