District 100 special election turnout light so far, officials say

Tonia Aiken-Taylor (left), Eddy Southard (right)

Turnout for the special election for House District 100 has been light so far today, according to Berkeley County Elections Director Wanda Farley.

Republican Eddy Southard, a contractor and county planning commission chairman, is running against Democrat Tonia Aiken-Taylor, a Moncks Corner council member and pastor.

The election is to fill the House seat of the late Rep. David Umphlett, a Moncks Corner Republican.

Republicans were openly worried before the election that they needed a good turnout to win in this largely rural swath of Berkeley County. The district includes more than 17,000 registered voters in parts of Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, Whitesville, Cordesville, Pimlico and Macedonia.

“So far, it’s not been a very good turnout at all,” Farley said.

For example, only 51 people had voted by noon at a Moncks Corner precinct with 1,400 registered voters, she said.

Republicans were especially worried by the high number of absentee ballots that have been cast. More than 800 were filed before today’s election, Farley said.

Polls are open until 7 p.m.